Since 2011, Friendship Train Foundation has partnered with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School (OLMC) in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to provide students with afterschool learning and enrichment opportunities. Our mission is to help children discover their talents and interests, building their self-esteem as they strive to achieve their dreams.
The afterschool programs at OLMC expand students’ horizons through high-quality content in a safe, caring environment. More than 150 students in first through eighth grade participate under the guidance of dedicated staff and partners from the community. Students benefit from:
- Healthy snacks
- Academic assistance and tutoring
- Hands-on enrichment activities focused around a STEAM theme (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
- Programming in the areas of literacy, physical education, character education, and parental involvement
- Field trips
- Summer programs
OLMC’s programs are funded through a variety of grants, from FTF and other private foundations. In 2014, the program was one of three featured by the United States Department of Education for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming.
FTF believes that other schools could benefit from the engaging enrichment programs being enjoyed by the students at OLMC and is working with others to explore those possibilities.
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