Join forces with Hampton Racquet to fund the iGrow summer learning program
Project MOST, created for kids 8 – 13 years old, serves a wonderfully diverse population on Long Island’s East End. During the summer, many of these kids are at risk, spending a good deal of the day home alone. Project MOST’s iGrow Summer Learning Program changes that.
Project MOSTS’s iGrow program teaches kids about healthy eating and food choices. Campers work with chefs, artists, farmers, fishermen, scientists, and food purveyors. They grow, harvest and prepare their own fresh and nutritious food coupled with rigorous exercise, creative expression and access to nature. The program provides them with experiences that will impact them, and their families, in positive ways.
How this project makes a difference
Hampton Racquet will match every donation, virtually 2 for 1, to ensure that these kids have a truly memorable summer – one that has the ability to change lives. All funds will go to the iGrow program, designed to engage kids in their own discovery of good food in seminal ways:
- organic gardening: Campers become farmers. They will plant, harvest and tend to the garden daily.
- food and nutrition: Food and nutrition classes are taught by a licensed nutritionist. Students gain knowledge about what one needs to eat daily for optimal health and learn to cook delicious and nutritious meals.
- lunch program: A healthy lunch is provided each day and campers participate in its preparation encouraging them to try different foods leading to lifelong habits of healthy eating.
- physical exercise: Campers create their own fitness plans learning that exercise can be fun.
- sea life: Through a partnership with the Group for the East End, campers will explore the sea life in the local bays and harbors. Students will be introduced to the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, which replenishes clam, oyster, and scallop population in the local waters.
- service learning: Campers assist volunteers at Food Pantry Farm; make healthy treats for the Senior Center; and create decorative placemats for Meals on Wheels clients. Each child experiences their own role as an essential member of society.
The total cost of this project is $38,500, which covers program supplies, educators, supervisors, food, transportation to field trips, and all administrative costs and fees for 55+ kids for the month of July. The program is made to be affordable to all, and may be offered free of charge to those who need help with the cost.
Project MOST is a unique after school program founded in 2001. We are committed to providing high quality after school programming to the East Hampton community. Project MOST opens children’s eyes to the world and helps them succeed by offering them academic support, enrichment activities, physical exercise and positive social development.
Project MOST’s after school program currently serves over 350 kindergarten – 8th grade students daily. at the John Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton and the Springs School in Springs. The iGrow Summer Learning Program at the Springs School that this project is funding serves 55+ students.
Project MOST is a safe place for students to be after school and in the summer while their parents are working, and it is a where authentic learning takes place.
Project MOST meets an unmet need by providing After School Enrichment Programming and generous scholarships to needy children with the focus of closing the achievement gap.
Learn more here.
Hampton Racquet is an inviting, family-owned boutique tennis club offering individual and family memberships, adult clinics, summer camps and philanthropic charity events. The club’s 13 Hard-Tru courts and clubhouse are situated in a picturesque country setting at 172 Buckskill Road in the heart of East Hampton, NY.
The club has created a unique tennis experience for all players, regardless of their age or level of play. Hampton Racquet promotes a country club feel with the spirit of community. Patrons experience a truly inspired and unique environment to play and grow together.
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