LM Lions & Sedona Make Donation
to Co-Op Summer Enrichment
STEM Business Manager & LM Lion Manny Rawlings, LM Lions Phil & Diane Oldham, STEM President and LM Lion Meg Kaufer, Sedona’s Bill Jablonski
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions and The STEM Alliance teamed up with Mamaroneck’s Sedona Taphouse to support the Co-Op Summer Enrichment program, Mamaroneck’s only summer camp for low-income children. Each month, Sedona Taphouse offers Dine Out for Charity to support a local non-profit. On every Monday in May, Sedona supported the Co-Op Summer Enrichment Program. Customers were able to purchase steak lunches or dinners for just $11 and $2 of that purchase was donated to the Co-Op Program. In the month of May, Sedona raised $1270 in support of STEM. The Lions contributed $1000, making a combined total donation of $2270.
Co-Op Summer Enrichment provides 5 weeks of academic & recreational experiences for over 250 students from all 4 Mamaroneck School District elementary schools as well as a leadership in training program called RISE for Hommocks Middle School students. The program serves mostly families who cannot afford to attend other local summer programs. Given the learning loss during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the learning disruption brought on by Hurricane Ida flooding, local children are in higher need of summer learning experiences.
STEM Alliance President Meg Käufer said, “If the problem is learning loss, the solution is more learning time and summer, as well as after school enrichment opportunities, are the antidote.” Research show that quality summer programs help mitigate “summer slide,” a decline in academic skills over the summer months. The Co-Op program also employs and mentors a diverse group of local teenagers to promote leadership and employment opportunities.
Since the summer of 2017, The STEM Alliance has been hired by the Mamaroneck School District as the lead administrator of Co-Op. They have 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 STEM learning is directly connected to future employability and higher earnings.
The STEM Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing K-12 STEM education and enrichment initiatives to benefit students, parents and educators in the schools and community. Their stated mission is to bridge systemic gaps to provide equal access to critical science, technology, engineering and math learning resources with the goal of empowering communities, inspiring innovation and creating opportunity for all.
For more information, go to : www.theSTEMalliance.org