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Live Like Coco

Organization Mission

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

The Big Idea:
Out-of-School Enrichment

All kids in our County should have the opportunity to explore their interests beyond their classrooms. We work with local businesses and nonprofits to provide scholarship funds for kids to try theater, therapeutic horseback riding, art and more. We also fund scholarships for kids in foster care so they can attend summer camp.

Coco embraced life and was fortunate to have support to develop her talents and passions. Now it’s our pleasure to provide great experiences to children who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Many students said that their trip to the Forest of Nisene Marks was the best thing about third grade. Our class trip was right before Mother's Day and several kids used the free parking pass to show their moms the redwoods they had just learned about.


Rebecca Shanfield, 3rd Grade Teacher Starlight Elementary, Watsonville