We help kids in the Santa Cruz County area to grow up healthy and with opportunities to pursue their dreams.
Our foundation is inspired by Coco Lazenby, who was killed in a car accident in 2015 at age 12. We work to provide local children with opportunities that made a difference in her life.
This year, we are stepping up efforts to improve language diversity and to represent a wider variety of ethnicities, family backgrounds and abilities for our literacy program.
Our program provides books to students at local public schools, at little free libraries we’ve placed throughout the community, and to local organizations reaching our most vulnerable communities. We also sponsor a forest and community garden, pay for scholarships, and organize beach cleanups and field trips, among other efforts to improve the lives of local kids, with a focus on those in low-income communities.
Our Starlight students love participating in the Birthday Books From Coco program, and treasure the books that they are able to choose for themselves. This program clearly promotes literacy, and strengthens the idea that a book can be a gift. Our students are also inspired to learn about Coco, who serves not only as a role-model for reading, but also for participating in community service.
Denee Sereano Calvillo, Starlight Elementary School