Eric Curtis plans to collect books for jail as Eagle project |

Eric Curtis plans to collect books for jail as Eagle project

by Merrie Leininger

Boy Scout Eric Curtis is making an attempt at his Eagle Scout rank, but he needs the help of Douglas County residents and lots and lots of books.

Eric, 16, a 10th-grader at Douglas High School, has been a Boy Scout for about five years now with Troop 495, he said, and he wants to become an Eagle Scout. He also plays the trombone in the school band.

To obtain the rank of Eagle scout, Eric has to create and complete a service project that will benefit the community in some way.

“I wanted to be creative. A lot of kids are doing river cleanup projects, but I didn’t want to do stuff like that,” he said.

He said he remembered that in a discussion with Lt. Al Baumruck, who runs the Douglas County Jail, he told Eric one of their needs was books and reading material for the inmates.

“I thought it would be a good idea to get books for them because I like to read,” he said. “The book drive will benefit (people in the community) by helping them to become aware of a part of the community about which most people do not think (about) or want to be aware.”

The book drive will be held at the Valley sheriff’s office lobby May 1-2 and May 15-16 at the Lake substation lobby.

On May 1, Eric will be there from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. On May 2, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

On May 15, Eric will be in the Lake office at 8 a.m.-11 a.m. On May 16, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Only paperback books are accepted and a book cannot advocate violence, anarchy or death, however, mysteries are allowed.

Some of the books the jail has requested are soft cover Bibles, Book of Mormon, the Torah, the Koran or other religious texts; educational books and easy reading books.

For more information, call 782-7139.