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Live Like Coco Foundation

Organization Mission

The Live Like Coco Foundation helps local kids grow up healthy and with opportunities to pursue their dreams. Our foundation is named after and inspired by Coco Lazenby, a self-described “book lover, cat petter and environmentalist” who was killed in a car accident in August 2015 at age 12.

To honor Coco’s bright spirit and big heart, our foundation works in four areas that made a difference in her life: literacy, nature, health and wellness, and funding for out-of-school activities (such as theater, horseback riding, art and computer programming).

The Big Idea:
Birthday Books From Coco

Our unique Birthday Books From Coco program offers students at participating schools the opportunity to choose a new book on their own birthday. More than 72 percent of the elementary-school students we serve qualify for free or reduced lunch. For many of these children it is the first book they have owned.

With your support, we hope to reach two more school sites with Birthday Books From Coco, delivering more than 1,000 additional books to kids in our public schools.We’d also like to continue building other local literacy programs, including purchasing picture books and Spanish books for a summer book giveaway at the Watsonville Farmers Market and building Little Free Libraries.

Thank you for this great program. Each student gets a chance to be seen and celebrated. We all need that sense of belonging and significance.

Megan Jacobsmeyer
Library Media Technician at Mar Vista Elementary