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May 2019

Lions Support the Co-op  Summer Enrichment Program

The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions and the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck are teaming up with Mamaroneck’s Sedona Taphouse to support the Co-Op Summer Enrichment program, the area’s only summer camp for low income kids. Each month Sedona Taphouse offers Steak Out for Charity to support a local non-profit. On every Monday in May, Sedona will support the Co-Op Summer Enrichment Program. Customers can purchase steak lunches or dinners for just $8 and $2 of that purchase will be donated to the Co-Op Program.

 

As a service oriented group, The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions works to leverage their organization’s capacity to do more for those in need in the community. For this fundraiser, the Lions will be providing two matching gift resources to increase the Co-Op donation of $2 per steak to $5 per steak. The additional $3 per steak comes from the local Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions who will match each Sedona steak with $1 and the Brandel Murphy Foundation from the regional Lions network which match each steak purchase with an additional $2.

 

As a camp, Co-Op has been serving kids in need for over 40 years in the community. Since summer 2018, The STEM Alliance has been hired by the Mamaroneck School District as the lead administrator of Co-Op. The STEM Alliance reinvigorated the vision of Co-Op by adding an emphasis on project-based, child-centered learning experiences focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. With the growing demand for STEM skills in the workforce, early exposure to engaging STEM learning is directly connected to future employability and higher earnings. Additionally, quality summer programs help mitigate “summer slide,” a decline in academic skills over the summer months.

 

The STEM Alliance and the Mamaroneck School District are committed to equal access to enrichment education for all children. The elementary and middle school Co-Op programs serve over 275 low income children and also provide integrated services for an additional 50 high need special education students in the Extended School Year program.

 

Despite significant funding from the Mamaroneck School District and support from the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, the program has an annual deficit of $60,000. Partnerships such as this one with the Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions and Sedona Taphouse are instrumental in filling that funding gap.

 

LM Lions are part of the International Lions Clubs, the largest service organization in the World. Their signature cause is to support the blind and sight health. Under the leadership of its first female international president, the current core services also include the environment, hunger, Diabetes, childhood cancer, women’s rights that – include being a signatory to the United Nations 50/50 by 30 equal rights for women.

For more information about Co-Op, including jobs for teens and college students, visit: www.coopsummer.org For more information about the LM Lions, visit: www.lmlions.org