The Old Oaks Foundation, a non-profit arm of Purchase’s historic Old Oaks Country Club, recently awarded $26,000 to the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck to support STEM educator professional development at Mamaroneck’s Co-Op Summer Enrichment Program. This innovative new program will pair Co-Op summer teachers with a STEM teaching coach from the NY Hall of Science for curriculum planning, a site visit at the Hall of Science, pedagogical training and on-site observations and reflections during the camp cycle. Co-Op, Mamaroneck’s only summer program for low income children, combines hands-on academic experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with recreational, summer fun.
This generous grant comes at a time when the Old Oaks Foundation made a commitment to revitalize their long standing tradition of supporting community charities. As a result, they doubled their overall fundraising goal this year and were able to significantly increase the number and the size of their grants. Their grant process emphasized engagement and inclusivity, allowing the entire membership to nominate charities.
Their charity weekend brought membership together to raise funds as well as learn more about the target initiatives that they would support. The fundraising festivities combined both sport and non-sport based activities ranging from a golf outing to mah-jong to “painting & pinot” and ultimately culminating in their event dinner with a silent auction and door prizes.
Mamaroneck Resident and Old Oaks Foundation Member, Jon Sacks nominated the STEM Alliance’s Co-Op Program. With this Old Oaks grant, teachers will be paid to learn as well as take risks and try out their new knowledge in a safe, summer enrichment teaching platform. NY Hall of Science Vice President of Education Service, Sylvia Perez, said, “As a leading provider in STEM education professional development for teachers, we are eager and excited to collaborate with the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck to continue building a pathway for diverse students to engage in STEM learning.” Based on the success of this initiative, the STEM Alliance will seek resources to renew the initiative on an on-going basis to create cadres of well trained STEM educators.