On Thursday, Oct. 29, County Executive George Latimer announced that $1.27 million in CARES Act, or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, funding will be awarded to remote learning centers throughout Westchester. One of the recipients is the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department, which will receive $27,480 for the Lewisboro Learning Lot.

According to a press release from the county executive’s office, Westchester County was able to create a program using federal funding through the CARES Act at no cost to county taxpayers. The funding announced Oct. 29 aims to help students to continue their education at remote learning centers throughout Westchester.

“As we continue to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our children, and their education, will always remain a top priority,” Mr. Latimer said. “Students need to be able to continue their schooling whether it be in person or remote, and parents need to be able to return to work to maintain essential services, and help our local economy bounce back.”

The federal funding was awarded based on submitted applications. The learning centers that applied for the funding are affiliated with either a school district, municipality or nonprofit.

The funding will last through the end of 2020, with the hope that additional federal legislation will be enacted to continue these programs into 2021, according to the press release.

Town Supervisor Peter Parsons praised the Parks and Rec Department for its performance  during the pandemic.

“Lewisboro should thank its Parks and Recreation Department for being a leader in creating many programs during this pandemic but especially the Lewisboro Learning Lot,” Mr. Parsons said. “They have taken on the responsibility of making sure the children are happily and fruitfully occupied during the pandemic even though many of our normal activities and program offerings have been heavily modified or canceled due coronavirus.”

Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dana Mayclim said that the extra funding will make the Lewisboro Learning Lot a more accessible option for essential workers and families in need of assistance.

“We are very honored to be recognized by County Executive George Latimer and the CARES Act to provide remote learning to the residents of Westchester County especially the Town of Lewisboro,” Ms. Mayclim said. “We could not thank County Legislator Kitley Covill enough for her guidance and assistance in making our vision become a reality.”

Jessica Leibman is a staff reporter at The Record-Review where she covers the Town of Lewisboro the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

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