By Liz Novak, MCBA Guest Blogger
While many sections and committees take the summer off from meeting, there is one committee that continues to meet to plan its annual golf tournament – Lawyers for Learning.
This year marks the Lawyers for Learning Thomas & Solomon Golf Tournament’s 20th Anniversary. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s set for Monday, September 9 at Eagle Vale Golf Course. Click here for more information and to register.
Last year, we had a perfect September sunny day, and we are hoping for the same this year. It’s a day that couldn’t be made possible without the support of many, like Thomas & Solomon, Daily Record, Counsel Press, Nixon Peabody, and many others. It’s also a day of fun, golfing, eating and hanging out with colleagues – all for a great cause.
So what is the cause? For many, Lawyers for Learning has become synonymous with School 29 and mentoring – a program that teams up students from Rochester City School 29 with MCBA lawyers. Sometimes lawyers volunteer once a week, once a month or sometimes they share the mentoring responsibility with another lawyer. With August on the horizon, Lawyers for Learning is again looking for mentors. If you’re interested, contact Chair Elena Renner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years, however, the Lawyers for Learning program has expanded beyond the mentoring – mainly because of the generosity of the legal community through the golf tournament. Do you know that each year in September, the Lawyers for Learning committee (with support from LeClairRyan) puts together backpacks filled with school supplies, which they then hand out to each student at the school? As someone who has participated in the distribution, the excitement and joy of these students receiving the supplies is overwhelming.
Do you know that the Lawyers for Learning Committee gives out grants to teachers each year, using money raised from the golf tournament? The grants are supplies that the RCSD budget does not accommodate, such as art supplies, hats and gloves in the winter, computer programs, books, board games, science materials, and even class field trips.
And at the end of every school year, the Lawyers for Learning committee funds (thanks to the golf tournament) a school trip for all of the mentees along with their mentors to some fun locale, such as the Zoo, Rochester Red Wings, or Rochester Museum & Science Center.
While mentoring is the flagship of the Lawyers for Learning program, the dedication of those involved with Lawyers for Learning have enabled the program to expand its reach so all students (even those who don’t have a mentor yet) to benefit from the program. When I donate my dollars or my time, I like to know what it’s going for. Please know that all profits from the golf tournament go back into the hands of Lawyers for Learning and School 29 – your one day of golf makes a big difference to the life of these children.
See you on the green!