Blair loves reading and wanted to share her passion with others. “Literacy plays a huge role in educational development,” said Blair. For her Gold Award, she wanted to promote literacy and reading education. She conducted a district wide book drive and established a library for the teen center after-school program. More than 1000 books and custom hand made bookcases were donated by local volunteers. In addition, Blair created the “Rockin Readers” after-school literacy program. In conjunction with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Livingston County, the program paired elementary school students with high school reading buddies. “The goal was to reestablish inspiration and creativity in older girls and joy, discovery and knowledge for the younger girls,” says Blair.
Blair's Gold Award project demonstrated extraordinary leadership and addressed a community issue with measurable and sustainable impact. After one year, the "Rockin Readers" program has been able to help more than 80 kids with one-on-one reading and mentoring assistance. Because of Blair's remarkable Gold Award project and outstanding leadership, she earned the 2013 GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction award. Charged with building girl relationships, advocacy and public speaking, Blair will support, participate and invest in the Girl Scout leadership experience. She will serve as an ambassador to the council for one year and receive a special scholarship contributed by the Nancy L. Philippart and Thomas F. McGrail Fund.