Librarian Mary Helen Garcia knew Soltero as an elementary school student. Now, she said, she is proud of his efforts to help the school. “This helped tremendously in all of our classroom libraries,” Garcia said. “It provided just about one book per student.” Soltero said the project also created a system for managing the new books, allowing children to check out and return books on a schedule and making it possible for teachers to track which student had which book. Garcia said Soltero is active in church and still visits the elementary school often. “He does come around, even before this project,” Garcia said. “He’s very dedicated and once he started this project there was no stopping him.” Soltero attributed the success of the project and his maturity to Scouting, saying he enjoyed the many camping trips and outdoor skills he learned. “It basically taught me to be a man,” Soltero said. His father, Jesus Soltero Sr., said he is impressed by his son’s accomplishment and looks forward to seeing his successes in the future. His son plans to transfer to UCLA, to work as an engineer, and to one day raise a family. “I know he’s going to finish college,” Jesus Soltero Sr. said. “Because he set a goal to earn his blackbelt, and he did, and he set a goal to get his Eagle Scout and he did. He already has his sights set on being a good father.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – For Jesus Soltero Jr., it’s always important to finish what he starts. Soltero, 18, of Pico Rivera, said he attributes his success in academics, martial arts and most recently in obtaining his Eagle Scout rank to his determination to get things done. “Scouting was something I liked since I was a little kid,” Soltero said. “I always like to complete something.” Soltero, now a freshman at Cal State L.A., has already applied his tenacity to earning his black belt in Chinese kenpo karate two years ago, a lifelong ambition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHis second childhood ambition, becoming an Eagle Scout, was realized Friday at Santa Mariana de Paredes Catholic Church in Pico Rivera. Now Soltero says he hopes to give back to the Boy Scout community by helping to lead Troop 195, where he earned his 21 merit badges. “Scouting is the most memorable moment of my adolescent life,” Soltero said. “If I could just give back, I would and I will.” To achieve the highest honor in Scouting, Soltero served in leadership positions in the troop, and completed a service project to benefit a reading program at the elementary school he attended years before. By organizing a fundraising breakfast at St. Mariana’s Church, Soltero was able to generate more than $1,400, which he donated to a new accelerated reading program at the school. The money was used to buy books at varying levels of difficulty for classroom use, to encourage students to push themselves in reading.