Cozy Corner - Baltimore Hunger Project

My Cozy Corner

Baltimore Hunger Project has partnered with the Towson Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 469 and My New Book, Inc. to provide Baltimore area schools with My Cozy Corners.

My Cozy Corner is the dream of Baltimore Hunger Project Founder, Lynne Kahn to provide a space within classrooms for board games. The mission of Baltimore Hunger Project is to feed minds and bodies, and games play a critical role in maintaining a strong mind, body, spirit connection. Research has shown many benefits to children who play games such as expressing creativity and nurturing imagination, improving cognitive abilities, expressing emotions, and enhancing skills.

My Cozy Corner has come to life as a designated area within elementary and middle schools consisting of a table, seating, and small shelving unit for games and books aimed at providing children with a space to socialize and practice skills such as sharing, while using their imaginations. Currently, My Cozy Corner can be found in 9 local schools: Deep Creek ES, Deep Creek MS, General John Stricker, Sussex ES, Battle Monument, Bedford ES, Featherbed Lane ES, Timonium ES, and Fallstaff ES. My Cozy Corner is a collaboration between Baltimore Hunger Project, My New Book, Inc., and the Towson Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks No. 469.

The hope for the future is that our organizations will be able to expand this partnership providing even more schools with My Cozy Corners, where children can continue to grow and foster relationships amongst each other. Each organization has played a critical role in this project, sharing the common interest of inspiring, strengthening, and supporting children within the Baltimore community.

Through the generous funding of the Towson Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 469 who received a grant from the National Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and My New Book, Inc. who provided all the age-appropriate books utilized for the project. Children within 9 schools thus far can develop relationships amongst peers and enhance cognitive abilities. Students not only have the books and board games to be enjoyed at school but also are able to take them home on the weekends to be enjoyed with family

About Towson Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 469

Elks Share Elks Care – Our members strongly support several youth programs that include Drug Awareness, the Hoop Shoot, Student Scholarships, and an Americanism Essay Contest. We join the National Elks in aiding the Elks’ Home and Foundation, as well as, patriotic events on Veterans Day, Flag Day, and Memorial Day. As a lodge we provide a Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas gifts for disabled veterans in the Maryland area. Visit www.towsonelks.org for more information about their community involvement, purpose, and upcoming events.

About My New Book, Inc.

At My New Book Inc, our goal is to inspire children with limited access to books and resources outside of school, to use their creativity, develop confidence and cultivate the love of reading by providing them with books and reading services. We welcome you to join our endeavors aimed at promoting the importance of reading and making books more accessible to children in local communities. Read on and contact us to learn how you can become part of the change. Visit www.mynewbookinc.org for more information on causes, events, and how to donate.

Guest Author: Taylor Parker

This blog post was written by Taylor Parker. Taylor is a Sociology & Anthropology with Criminal Justice Concentration Major at Towson University. She is also completing a Human Rights & History Minor. She is the Towson University Homecoming Co- Director of Events and a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. Taylor will graduate in spring 2023.