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State Honoree

Allison Elfreth


Allison Elfreth, 17, of Milford, Del., a senior at Milford High School, created children’s reading corners for preschool children enrolled at the Milford Head Start facilities. After learning about the lasting impact of early reading experiences on young children, Allison organized a book drive to benefit children enrolled in the Milford Head Start program. Letters and visits to local merchants and businesses resulted in donated advertising and space for drop-off boxes. As book contributions accumulated, other area residents pitched in to help design and build the reading corners. A local actor recorded many books on tape as special ‘reading partners’ for young children. “The incredible response to this project proved that the community shares similar beliefs and concerns that will bring us together for a mutual cause,” Allison said. “If everyone works together, anything is possible.”