Editorial: Scout’s project gets personal

July 18, 2014 

Marlow Sherrill’s plan was rejected by the Girl Scouts. But that didn’t stop her.

In rejecting the Girl Scouts’ rebuff, Sherrill engaged in an act of pure altruism.

According to the news story in last week’s edition of the Eastern Wake News, Sherill’s proposal to build a free lending library as part of a Girl Scout badge effort was turned down by the Girl Scouts because it was not original enough. Apparently that’s part of the Girl Scout’s requirement for such projects. Fair enough, It’s their award. They can set whatever rules they like. We don’t mean to bash the Girl Scouts.

But Sherrill liked her idea anyway, so she and her dad embarked on an effort to make it become a reality.

They worked with the East Wake Education Foundation to find a location for the structure, which is a simple box with shelves in it, mounted on the wall of the foundation’s office on Fourth Street.

They worked together to build and decorate the box. Marlow Sherrill has accepted the responsibility for maintaining the box and its contents.

She gets nothing of a material nature for her effort. There’s no money coming her way. She won’t win an award.

But she does get some things that, in a way, are much more valuable.

She had the chance to work with her Dad on the project and that is sure to be an experience both of them will remember and cherish for a long, long time. Today’s typical teenager would go to great lengths to avoid doing anything unneccessary with their parents.

She also has the satisfaction that comes with doing something good just for the sake of doing something good. That’s where the altruism comes in. She has single-handedly (OK, Dad helped) created a resource for people in the Wendell area and if people make use of it as is hoped, the free library could serve as a small-scale solution to literacy issues that face people in our commnity. How cool is that?

In this newspaper, we often write about the bad things people have done. Too often, those bad things are done by teenagers.

It’s a welcome opportunity to write about a teenager who’s making good decisions and wants to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Marlow Sherrill accomplished that in spades.

It’s now everyone else’s job to make use of the resource she has provided. If that happens, all her work will have really proven worthwhile.

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