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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – At only 16 years old, Childress High School student Bailey Bradley is trying to change Childress – and the world – for the third time. This time, with Bailey’s Book Nook, a virtual reading corner.
“Because of COVID-19, nobody can go into the Childress Elementary School (CES) to read to students,” Bradley said. “Bailey’s Book Nook is helping young kids in my community to not only hear their leaders read some of their favorite books, but when kids listen to others read to them that actually helps their reading skills too.”
Bradley said Bailey’s Book Nook started as a normal project in Mrs. Jill Teran’s Family Consumer Services class. She got the assignment on Sept. 25, but it eventually turned into a Star Project for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
Star Projects happen when high school students gather their community and fellow students around them to fulfill projects needed in the community, Bradley said.
Her last two Star Projects – Adopt-A-Cop and Let’s Talk – won gold at FCCLA National Leadership Conventions.
Promoting Bailey’s Book Nook started with a video on TikTok, which is a video-sharing social networking service, flyers for Childress High School (CHS) and sharing her project on social media. To participate, people recorded themselves reading their favorite children’s book.
Bradley has already reached her first goal of having 50 videos by Jan. 4. She said a wide range of people have sent in videos – from CHS students to people in the Childress community. Some of the videos sent in include The Night Before Christmas and I Love You Forever.
Her next goal is to have videos from all 50 states. So far, she’s received videos from Texas, California, Arkansas and Nebraska. She hopes to get an additional 50 videos sent in.
“I encourage people to participate in this project,” she explained. “You are showing these kids you care, and you are showing leadership.”
To help get one person from each state, Bradley requested people contact family and friends in other states to participate. She’s provided instructions.
First, find a favorite children’s book; then go to a quiet place to record. Use a phone, tablet or computer with good sound quality and visuals. Bradley said to speak clearly, loudly and expressively, show pictures from the book as well as facial expressions and read with energy and enthusiasm. When done, Bradley said to email the video recording to email@example.com.
“Her goal is to get as many people in our community to engage as well as getting videos from all over the United States,” said her mother Kelsey Bradley.