Mark Bovich, a junior at St. Peter’s Prepatory School in Jersey City, has achieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout, and will be honored at a ceremony at Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell on May 23. To become an Eagle Scout, a life rank, a boy scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and complete an extensive service project that he plans and manages.
For his project, Bovich, a scout since first grade, donated over 3,000 books and almost $500 in cash to the Dr. William Horton School, a public elementary school in Newark, so the school could institute a summer reading program. He also supervised the building of three bookcases for the school. He was also able to donate over 600 extra books to the Verona Public Library.
Bovich was aided by neighbors who donated cash and books; Brookdale Avenue Elementary School, which donated a box of new books from their book fair along with $230 cash, and West Essex Building Supply, which gave Bovich the materials for the bookcases at cost. Bovich, who picked this particular project because he wanted to encourage literacy, was grateful for the help from fellow scouts and the community, and was pleased that the end result of the project exceeded his expectations.