A $1,500 donation from Sheriff's Youth Activities League (SYAL) will provide a shot in the arm for a much needed culinary arts program at a Cape Coral middle school.
Mariner Middle School services a population of students at high risk due to poverty, single parent homes, multiple foster homes and neglect. The school's Horticulture Food Forest and Culinary Arts Program teaches students to tend to their own crops and to harvest, clean, cook, prepare and present foods. The donation will allow for the purchase of food and equipment for the students to cook with.
Sergeant Scott Lineberger, executive director of SYAL, believes the donation will have a significant impact. "This is another proud moment for the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League in continuing our mission to provide activities and opportunities for the youth of Lee County. Through the SYAL and Sheriff Mike Scott, we are able to provide funding for a sustainable, practical and fun program that will impact between 600 and 800 students per year."
The SYAL is a 501(c)3 corporation that is funded by donations from the public.