I am working on the effort to save Coop Camp, which was cut from the school budget leaving 100 students at Hommocks and 50 at Mamaroneck Avenue School without a summer program. In response to parents’ pleas, the board will seek to reallocate $35,000 for the camp, but only if the remaining $35,000 for Hommocks and an additional sum for MAS can be raised in donations from community groups and individuals.
Frankly, I knew very little about the Coop program until last week. Here’s what I’ve learned:
Coop Camp is for children needing academic intervention and support. They get that along with a summer camp experience. Any district child may enroll, regardless of socioeconomic status. However, most campers are from Latino and less advantaged families who don’t go away to camp.
The Hommocks program is for children entering sixth, seventh and eighth graders. All four core subjects are taught along with leadership and character building skills. Hommocks teachers staff the camp and are with the kids all day. There are several high school counselors and a core of CITs, all students from our district. There are also junior counselors for the special education component who are classified students benefitting from their first jobs.
Both the Hommocks and MAS camps run for six weeks from 8:30 – 3:30. According to the school principals, the camps have a significant impact in strengthening literacy skills and building students competency for the upcoming year. And, from my perspective, if the Coop kids develop better skills, when they join their classmates in September, all students benefit,
So how can you help?
The Hispanic Resource Center has opened the Si Se Puede (Yes We Can) fund to channel donations for the camp.
Times are hard, Any amount can help, But a $700 donation covers costs for one Hommocks student to attend camp for all six weeks. A $600 donation funds an MAS student – small change compared to what private camps cost!
The HRC will hold donations until there is confirmation that the program will operate this summer.
I hope you will consider helping to keep these important programs going.
Send checks payable to “HRC” to the Hispanic Resource Center, 168 West Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Please note Si Se Puede Fund in the memo. The contribution is tax deductible. Alternatively, please send a pledge that we will collect by June 1st after we know the fate of the camps.