Scouts far exceed expectations with collection for Books Are Wings

Scouts far exceed expectations with collection for Books Are Wings

Cub Scouts in Cumberland were thrilled to be able to collect nearly 3,000 books for Books Are Wings in Pawtucket on March 6.

CUMBERLAND – During a town event at the Cumberland Monastery last Halloween, as representatives from Books Are Wings were handing out books to attendees, was when local leaders of Pack 12 Berkeley-Ashton in Cumberland said they were first introduced to the mission of the Pawtucket-based organization.

On March 6, Wolf Scouts Tyler Gomes, Andrew Adkins and Connor Croteau, all age 8, along with fellow Scouts Benjamin Ambrose, 9, and Benjamin Croteau, 7, set up at the activity center behind St. Joseph’s Church on Mendon Road in Cumberland to collect gently used children’s books. In three hours, they were able to collect nearly 3,000 books.

“I expected to get 300,” said Connor Croteau, who added that he had a lot of fun collecting the books for a good cause.

Croteau’s mom, Laura Croteau, said this was the idea of these young Boy Scouts as they were brainstorming ways they could give back to the community, and she and fellow den leader Gretchen Gomes were thrilled to help organize it.

Croteau said part of the reason the boys love being in Scouts is they get to be part of a team that helps the community in different ways. Pack 12 Cubmaster David Ambrose does a great job of promoting those morals and values and the idea of being a good person, she said.

The book drive filled the Scouts’ “Duty to Country – Adventure” requirement.

The local Boy Scouts brainstormed ways to raise awareness for their cause, creating posters and slideshows that would be shared with their schools, Cub Scout pack, and community via Facebook and signage.

Scouts are thanking the entire community, including the Rev. Charles Galligan, for making the collection effort such a success.

Learn more about Books Are Wings, located at the Hope Artiste Village on Main Street in Pawtucket, at BooksAreWings.org .