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Letter: Thank You To Our Friends and Neighbors

We would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to those of you who responded so quickly to our request for contributions for the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC’s 2013 summer program.

As many of you are aware, the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC offers a six-week, full-day summer program that includes a variety of activities that reinforce concepts learned during the school year while introducing new ideas, encouraging creativity, and giving approximately 75 children ages five to 13 opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends. Most of the counselors, group leaders, and volunteers who supervise the children are community residents—many of them attended programs at the EOC as children themselves. Volunteers, many of whom are completing high school community service requirements, share their hobbies and talents with the children in the program. In recent years they have taught swimming, tennis, and karate, and led groups of youngsters in cooking and arts & crafts activities.

While it costs approximately $600 per child to operate the program, parents (many of whom are low-income, working, single parents) are asked to pay only a nominal registration fee. Our fundraising efforts and the generosity of community residents, businesses, and community and civic organizations provide the funding needed to make the program a success. Your contributions allow us to provide training for the counselors, purchase supplies and materials, provide meals and snacks, and include enrichment programs and workshops as a part of each day’s activities. If you have already made a contribution, we would like to take this opportunity to, once again, say thank you. If not, please consider a tax-deductible donation payable to the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC. Contributions can be sent to my attention at 65 High St., Manhasset, NY 11030.

Stephanie Chenault

Executive/Head Start Director