Eversource helps YMCA’s summer program

Courtesy photo Seated facing children participating in the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s Power Scholars Academy are, from left, Eversource New Hampshire Community Relations Specialist Elizabeth LaRocca, YMCA CEO Mike LaChance, and Power Scholars teacher Yuri Jaynes.

NASHUA — The YMCA of Greater Nashua received a $1,500 award from Eversource in support of the Y’s Power Scholars Academy, a summer program that expands learning time to improve the academic achievements, self-confidence and life trajectories of elementary school students who are performing below their grade levels.

There were 360 children enrolled in the program, which took place at Amherst Street Elementary, Fairgrounds Elementary and Nashua High School South. Power Scholars Academy is a partnership with national educational nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life and the YMCA of the USA.

“We are grateful for Eversource’s investment in our Power Scholars Academy, a program which prepare students for the upcoming school year,” YMCA of Greater Nashua CEO Mike LaChance said. “This support will help defray program expenses including educational supplies, program staff wages, and educational field trips for the students.”

Programs such as PSA are designed to prevent summer learning loss, a great contributor to the achievement gap. The PSA summer program is a holistic summer learning experience that blends rigorous literacy and math instruction with hands-on enrichment, social emotional development, and community engagement.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to support this important educational experience, and for the dedicated Power Scholars Academy teachers and staff who are making a difference in the lives of children throughout the Nashua community,” Eversource New Hampshire Community Relations Specialist Elizabeth LaRocca said. “Together with the YMCA of Greater Nashua, we’re in good company.”