Cooper's Troopers Day of Service

Coopers Troopers2nd Annual Cooper's Troopers Day of Service, June 3, 2015
The 2015 Cooper's Troopers Day of Service focused on street and pedestrian safety and advocacy. Through a series of hands-on activities, second, third and fourth graders learned  street-smart skills and how to advocate for adherence to traffic safety laws, The morning activity was followed by a march by all 150 Lower Schoolers, 2nd-4th grades, up Riverside Drive. Fourth graders continued on West End Avenue at 97th Street, the street where Cooper lived and died, to participate in the ceremonial naming of Cooper Stock Way.  

Press release: Cooper Stock Way
Press Release: Cooper's Troopers Day of Service 

About Cooper’s Troopers Day of Service 

Cooper's Troopers Day of Service is an annual event at The Calhoun School, started in 2014 after the death of Cooper Stock, a third grader who was killed by a reckless taxi driver while holding his father’s hand at the crosswalk of 97th Street and West End Avenue.  Two days later, his mother Dana asked Calhoun Lower School Director Alison Rothschild to please, never let Cooper be forgotten at Calhoun. “After months of conversation, it was actually the early words of Cooper's mom, Dana Lerner, that inspired the idea for some kind of community service project,” remembers Alison. "Dana expressed the hope that Cooper's legacy would be associated with helping others. We decided the best, most appropriate way for Cooper's spirit to stay alive at Calhoun was by creating an annual Day of Service in his honor.”

In its first year, Cooper’s Troopers helped create a children’s library for West End Residences, a nearby homeless shelter where Calhoun’s older students have had a long-standing relationship as volunteers, working with the young children in the daycare center. Cooper's Troopers launched the library project with a BOOK DRIVE for the library on May 8, 2014, which coincided with the school's Annual Book Fair at Barnes & Noble 82nd Street. Friends, neighbors and school community members were encouraged to purchase and drop off their donations on that day. Ultimately, the school collected donations of more than 1,600 new children's books for the library, which serves children at the shelter from infancy through fourth grade.

"The Cooper's Troopers Day of Service is the perfect way to remember our son," says Dana.  "Cooper had a deep love of Calhoun and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  As he grew up, we made a point of helping him to understand how fortunate we are as a family, but that many were not.  He loved the idea of helping those in need.  That his classmates will dedicate a day in his memory provides a great deal of comfort."

Cooper's Law

Cooper's death brought to light the injustice of laws that minimally penalize drivers who kill or maim pedestrians when the driver fails to yield. The driver of the taxi that killed Cooper ultimately received a $580 fine and no jail time. Dana Lerner, Cooper's mother, worked with Council Member Helen Rosenthal to develop Cooper's Law: if a NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) licensed driver is issued a summons for a traffic violation in a crash in which someone is killed or critically injured, their TLC license may be immediately suspended; if the driver is found in court to be guilty of that traffic violation, their TLC license is permanently revoked. The legislation, one of eleven bills in the 2014 Vision Zero package, became New York City law on June 23, 2014 and went into effect on September 21, 2014.
Press & Legislation Update

2015: Cooper's Day of Service/Cooper Stock Way Naming

2014: Cooper's Day of Service/Vision Zero

Cooper's Law Passes! New York Times DNA Info
"Schoolchildren Help Build Library," DNAInfo, May, 2014
"Classmates Assemble New Library" CBS News on 5, May 8, 2014

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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