Katy Girl Scout Olivia Predmore (left) delivers some of the 200 books she collected for her Silver Award project to Trinity Charter School Principal Sandy Flores.
Cynthia Predmore’s father always told her she was blessed with talent, and it was her responsibility to share that talent with the world. Cynthia passed her father’s advice to her daughter, Olivia, who recently channeled it toward blessing the young women who call Upbring Krause Children’s Center home.
Olivia’s been to Krause several times with Cynthia, who served as a parent advocate for a young woman attending our onsite Trinity Charter School (TCS). When Olivia, who is a Katy Girl Scout, needed to complete a community service project as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award application, TCS was a natural choice.
“I love to read, especially young adult books like ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green,” Oliva said. “I want to try to get other girls to read more and enjoy it.”
So, Olivia worked with her father to refurbish two bookcases for the TCS library. The pair logged more than 50 hours cleaning, sanding, priming, filling in cracks and painting. As part of the project, Olivia also hosted a book donation drive and collected 200 books.
TCS Principal Sandy Flores, a self-described ferocious reader herself, said Olivia’s work will make a life-changing impact on our Krause girls.
“Reading helps the girls build their vocabularies, learn new things and grow into better communicators. Those skills translate to success not only in the classroom but also wherever their career paths take them,” Sandy said.
Olivia will start working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award this fall. In the meantime, she’ll keep finding ways to serve her community.
“My friends and I have fun volunteering together, and we also get to help people,” Olivia said.
We need your help
Upbring is on a mission to break the cycle of child abuse, and generous volunteers like Olivia are essential to our work.
“We could not function without volunteers,” Diane Covert, Upbring vice president of development, said. “A lot of the girls at Krause don’t have families, so it means the world to them when people want to spend time with them. And we always have things that need to be repaired around the center, so service projects like Olivia’s are so important to creating a warm, nurturing environment.”
For more information about volunteering with Upbring, click here.
In a future post, we’ll feature two young men who completed service projects benefiting Krause on the path to their Eagle Scout designations.