NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence High School student Cameron Corey is organizing a children’s book drive as his Boy Scout Eagle Project. The book drive is set for Saturday, Apr. 2 from10 am to 2 pm at the Presbyterian Church of New Providence, 1307 Springfield Avenue.

Corey is asking residents to donate new and gently used children’s and young adult books to benefit the Debra Anne Cronin Memorial Reading Rooms in Newark, Jersey City and Montclair.

Corey appeared at the Monday, Mar. 21 council meeting to renew his request to advertise the book drive on the borough’s new electronic message board. His original request was denied. Last week Corey spoke at the Board of Education meeting and requested that the book drive flyer be made available to both the students and school community through the district’s communication means.

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In addition to the drive, Corey intends to build and paint bookcases. He said that he has worked on the project for over a year. It is a good community service project in which both children and adults can participate, he said.

Councilman Jim Madden asked how many other students are pursuing Eagle Scout projects. Corey estimated that three or four other scouts are in the process of completing Eagle Scout requirements. It says a lot of the kids, the town and the parents, Armand Galluccio stated.

Debra Anne Cronin was a teacher and passionate about reading. She passed away in 1998 during childbirth. Her grieving family founded the Debra Anne Cronin Memorial Reading Room to honor her legacy by providing comfortable reading places for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Regarding other news the council also fielded a request for the third annual Strides4Students 5K Race. The race is organized by the New Providence Education Foundation as one of their fundraising events. Alma DeMetropolis, who spoke on behalf of the organization, said that the organization’s annual donation to educational programs in all borough schools has reached $70,000. The 5K Race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16.