June 17, 2016

Once again Beverly Bank has donated to the Summer Literacy Program provided by a community partnership with Mayor Cahill and the Greater Beverly YMCA. Beverly Bank President and CEO, Mike Wheeler, presented Mayor Cahill with a check for $7,500 to help continue to fund this incredibly important six week program designed to tackle summer learning loss. Research shows that children from low-income households who do not have access to camps or enrichment programs during the summer can fall behind 2.5 months in their learning.

Mayor Mike Cahill joined forces with the Greater Beverly YMCA and the Beverly Public Schools last year to expand the Beverly Y’s summer learning loss prevention program to first graders. For three summers, the Y has been fighting summer learning loss for children entering third grade. Last year, the Y was thrilled to have the Mayor’s support in expanding the program to first graders and looks forward to reaching even more children this summer.

Beverly Bank donated to the Summer Literacy Program last year, but has increased its level of participation for 2016. “We knew with the expansion of the program it was important to help make it available to as many children as possible,” said Mike Wheeler, President and CEO of Beverly Bank. “We’re a community bank doing what we can to help ensure that as many children as possible get to reap the benefits of the Summer Literacy Program, he added.

Mayor Cahill and the YMCA’s Summer Literacy Program provide an opportunity where certified public school teachers and YMCA staff lead children each day in exciting activities inside and outside the classroom. The goal is to help early learners stay on track academically during the summer months while incorporating fun camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports and more. Children attend the Hannah Elementary School in the morning, improving their reading and writing skills, and then enjoy Camp Sterling Woods at the Beverly Y during the afternoon. With the collective support of Mayor Cahill, the Greater Beverly Y, the Beverly Public Schools and generous donors, the program is FREE to qualified participants.

Nearly 60 first graders across all Beverly elementary schools took part in the program last summer. “It is so wonderful to have the support of Beverly Bank in our partnership with the Mayor. This community collaboration is a new and evolving approach to supporting elementary school-age children as they learn and grow while at the same time tackling summer learning loss” said Judith Cronin, Executive Director of the Beverly YMCA. Cronin added, “We saw the incredibly positive impact the expanded program had on third-graders and knew we needed to expand our reach. We could not have done that without the support of Mayor Cahill, the Beverly Public Schools and our generous corporate donors like Beverly Bank.”

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