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.
Currently the YES program is serving approximately 700 children between the ages of 5-12 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 Craig Lukatch, President. “The support of M&T Bank affords Lacawac with yet another way to be creative with out-of-the-classroom educational experiences.”
Phil Johnson, Regional President of M&T Bank stated that “M&T recognizes that corporate success is directly related to the health and vitality of the communities it serves. So, as a corporate citizen, we believe in providing resources to not-for-profit organizations such as Lacawac that make our communities better places to live and work.”
“Through our philanthropic arm, The M&T Charitable Foundation,” said Johnson, “we support a diverse range of civic, cultural, health and human service organizations with financial grants, employee volunteerism and in-kind services.”
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 more than 50 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: Laura Rowe, NBT Bank, Hamlin Branch Manager; Mary Ellen Bentler, NBT Bank Vice President and Retail Market Manager Northeast PA Market; Craig Lukatch, President Lacawac Sanctuary