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In Season of Giving, Men & Women of Monroe College Contribute to Boys & Girls Club of New Rochell
Monroe College’s recent donation of $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle was the latest in a string of contributions and community service programs that the nearly 80-year-old private college has made to this New Rochelle institution.
This past September, Monroe reinstituted the Monroe Mile, a fun run and walk held in conjunction with its annual Homecoming Week celebrations. Approximately 200 runners, including Monroe College President Stephen Jerome, participated in the fundraiser ear-marked to support Boys & Girls Club activities. The college matched the money raised.
Quay Watkins, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, said that the donation was especially welcomed as the Club was planning its holiday party and gift distribution for its children members. A representative group of children were invited accept the check from Leslie Jerome, director of Alumni Relations for Monroe College and organizer of the Monroe Mile. Jerome encouraged the children to plan on participating in the Monroe Mile in 2013. “The more participants that we have, the more money we will raise and the more we will be able to contribute to the Boys & Girls Club, one of our most favorite local institutions because it embraces the same mission that we have, ‘changing people’s lives’.”
Watkins noted other programs that Monroe students and staff have participated in at the Boys & Girls Club, “providing programs that we couldn’t run without their assistance.”
In addition to the after-school homework help program, Monroe students who are members of ENACTUS, an international student organization, have taught a financial literacy program to Boys & Girls Club members, as well as to other New Rochelle community organizations. Acting as “financial advisors”, ENACTUS members help explain the ups and downs of the stock market, doling out play money to the young tycoons to buy and sell stocks, virtually, while learning first-hand the financial risks and opportunities of investing in Wall Street.