Scranton, PA and Lake Ariel, PA – Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station announced it has received a $5,000 grant from the PNC 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 with opportunities to participate in additional out-of-school science and environmental education programs in areas which include biology, ecology, environmental science, math and scientific method hypothesis testing.
The 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.
"Lacawac Sanctuary and our YES program is very excited for PNC’s support,” explains Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President. “Without this PNC grant, we would not be able to provide outreach to hundreds of children throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Our educators are looking forward to working with the various afterschool programs and help to make a difference in children’s learning through hands–on environmental science.”
Currently the YES program is serving approximately 300 children between the ages of 6-12 in center-based programs in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne Counties.
“All children benefit from hands–on learning experiences and Lacawac provides a variety of these experiences through its afterschool science programs,” said Lukatch. This grant provides Lacawac with another way to collaborate with the after school programs and centers.
“Our support of Lacawac Sanctuary is an investment to improve school readiness in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Peter Danchak, Regional President for Northeastern PA, PNC Bank. “Research has shown that children who build math and science skills at the earliest ages are better prepared for kindergarten. They are also more likely to graduate from high school and achieve success well into adulthood.”
Since its inception in 1966, the mission of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania. For over 40 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-16 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region. Lacawac is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Wallenpaupack in Lake Ariel. For additional information on Lacawac or its YES Afterschool Program call 570-689-9494 or visit www.lacawac.org.
Photo: (L to R) Peter Danchak, Regional President PNC Bank; Craig Lukatch, President Lacawac Sanctuary
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