MISS WASECA COUNTY SLEIGH & CUTTER
Class of 2018
Dual Pageant with Miss South Central
Directors: Jennifer Burt, Miss WCSC/Miss SC; Molly Kopischke, OT
Pageant Date: TBA
Platform: Readers Become Leaders: Spelling Out the Importance of Childhood Literacy
Shortly after, I began writing my own stories on a teen publishing website where all of my work was free for the public and through this I began to engage in a community of other youths who valued literature to the same extent that I do. Through these experiences I have discovered that the best way to keep adult illiteracy down is to target children, who will then grow up to be literate and responsible adults.
In October of 2015, I made a brief phone call to the Waseca Public Library and offered to volunteer weekly to support their children’s reading program. Taken aback, as they had never been reached out to in this way, they aligned a series of projects that I worked on over the years and I was even able to influence a small connection of volunteers to join in on the weekly volunteering. My networking took off from this point and I have been honored with the privilege of working with several statewide, national, and even international organizations. This past March I was invited by the Minnesota Reading Association to an evening event where I was able to hand out certificates to elementary students in honor of their award-winning writing submissions. Tied to this organization is a larger non-profit, the International Literacy Association, which has constructed a worldwide community of literacy practitioners across 78 countries. I have been in contact with their board of directors in regards of future opportunities in our own country and abroad. In addition to both of these I have been working with one other notable non-profit, Books for Africa, which has a warehouse located in St. Paul, Minnesota. In November of 2016 I began making braided and beaded wish bracelets that I advertised on Facebook. My simple business plan caught fire and by free will donation I have been able to raise nearly $500 in which I have been donating 100% of the proceeds to Books For Africa. This money helps pay for the shipment of books and construction of libraries in third-world countries.
As Miss Waseca County Sleigh and Cutter I will continue to actively engage in all of the organizations listed above as well as use different opportunities to sell my wish bracelets. I would like to visit all Waseca elementary classrooms as Miss Waseca County Sleigh and Cutter to read and exemplify an enjoyable experience with literature. My passion for literacy and desire to see every child obtaining a book driven childhood like my own is desirable to the people I have influenced and I will only continue to harness this as Miss Waseca County Sleigh and Cutter. Through my efforts with the Waseca Public Library, Minnesota Reading Association, Books for Africa, and the International Literacy Association I have already been able to make movement towards my end goal. Becoming Miss Waseca County Sleigh and Cutter offers me a whole new opportunity to share my mission and educate parents and children alike. Literacy should be an unalienable right to all and no barriers, whether that be money or lack of support, will be able to withstand my movement. Join me in making this difference.