Stevens Point Teen Gets Big National Award

By: Kristen Guilfoos Email
By: Kristen Guilfoos Email

16-year-old Rachel Ley began Literacy for Little Ones in 2009, with the hope of giving some new Moms and their newborns in her area at least one book to begin a lifetime of loving to read.

Now, 5 years later, her program has expanded to include at least 4 hospitals and it will soon become international, with a hospital in Nicaragua sponsoring the program.

Rachel was recently names one of 51 "National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassadors." For that honor, she's been given $1,000 to further her efforts.

When she was little, her Mom put her on a "10 book a day diet", and after seeing how her reading levels were more advanced than some of her peers, she realized how learning to read early can really help you in school.

She decided she wanted to give as many children as possible the same opportunities she was given in regards to books.

If you'd like to donate money or books to Rachel's cause, you can do so by emailing her at