--- Issued November 27, 2016

Eighteen members of the LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine Mentor Program, along with the YMCA of Greater Kids Club staff, served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to 60 children from the John E. Horan Garden Apartments and YMCA Kids Club.

The menu including turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, all prepared and served by the LECOM students and YMCA staff.

The dinner is a yearly tradition and part of the volunteer activities conducted by the LECOM Mentoring students.

The LECOM Mentoring programs provide first and second year medical students for the Erie Heights as mentors and program volunteers. They assist with homework, program activities, and special events.

The LECOM Mentoring Program has been a partner with the Housing Authority and the YMCA for the past seventeen years.

During the summer, LECOM provides a full-time "Bridging the Gap student who works in the YMCA Kids Club and is responsible for a year-end project for the kids club members. Past projects have included dental health and nutritional health learning.