Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station announced it has received a $2,500 grant from the People’s Security Charitable Foundation. The grant supports the Y.E.S. (Youth and Environmental Sciences) Afterschool program implemented to provide low to moderate income youth at risk for academic failure in Lackawanna County with opportunities to participate in additional out-of-school science and environmental education programs in areas which include biology, ecology, environmental science, and math.
The Peoples Security Charitable Foundation concentrates its grant making activities on 501(c)(3) charitable organizations seeking funds to advance innovative programs having a measurable and positive impact on the residents of the communities in which the Peoples Security Bank conducts business. The bank’s goal is to return to those communities some of the benefit the bank has received as a responsible corporate citizen. Areas of interest include health, education, scientific, literary and social welfare programs and the overall protection of children and youth.
Lacawac’s Y.E.S. Afterschool program is aligned with state and local efforts to improve science and math achievement among youth attending extended day and afterschool programs in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Pike Counties. The YES Program targets children in grades Kindergarten through sixth especially those from minority groups and low-income residing in the counties.
Currently the YES program is serving approximately 450 children between the ages of 6-12 in center-based programs in throughout Lackawanna County. “All children benefit from hands–on learning experiences and Lacawac provides a variety of these experiences through its afterschool science programs,” said Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President. “This grant provides Lacawac with another way to collaborate with the after school programs and centers.”
Photo: (L to R): Patrick Dietz, People’s Security Bank Vice President/Business Banker and Craig Lukatch, President Lacawac Sanctuary
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