Monte Morphs into a Mentor at Summer Camp

Funds from Dime M5K go to enrichment experiences for local youth

m5k ss 2018 001Lori Ann Doyon with Sandra Serva, St. Nicks Alliance Program Director for School Settlement Association at P.S.34

2nd grader Lamont Jackson, Monte to his friends, enjoyed himself so much during summer camp last year. It’s no surprise that he had fun going on trips: to the Liberty Science center, to bowl, to Adventureland. Lamont also discovered that he loved helping others and working hard. He leapt at the opportunity to make many new friends.

The summer camp showcase provided an opportunity for Lamont to try on a mentor role.  He created a dance for the performance and he went on to help his peers learn the moves with patient encouragement. His fellow summer campers felt comfortable asking him for help and even thanked him for the support. The sense of success this summer gave him, forged unforgettable memories.m5k

“Lamont is always so happy and always has a smile on his face. Throughout the summer Lamont not only demonstrated leadership skills but helped peers set goals and achieve them,” said Sandra Serva, St. Nicks Alliance Program Director for School Settlement Association at P.S.34.

St. Nicks Alliance’s summer camp is strengthened by the funding it receives from the Dime M5K, which will run its usual route (starting and ending by McCarren Park’s Ericsson Playground) on May 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. This fundraiser also supports youth services for all school ages throughout the year such as: classes in art, cooking, and media production; sports; and college tours.

This is the third year Dime Community Bank has served as title sponsor of this 5K, which is in its sixth year.  Last year this run attracted over 700 runners, many of whom run together as a family team.

2018’s event will add a Health and Wellness Fair that will include more than fifteen activities such as: a healthy smoothie stand, olympic zumba, workplace wellness, and healthy snack demos. The fair’s offerings are planned and led by St. Nicks Alliance/School Settlement Association youth.

For more info or to register or donate to the Dime M5K go to: www.m5k.org

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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