In honor of National Summer Learning Week, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is highlighting a new summer program for the city's children.
More than 1,000 elementary and middle school students from Richmond Public Schools are participating in the YMCA Power Scholars Academy. The Power Scholars summer program is a partnership between the city, the school district and community partners including the YMCA of Greater Richmond. Students will spend six hours each day learning in and out of the classroom.
Standing beside RPS students, Stoney says he hopes the program will help alleviate summer learning loss.
“A child will spend 80 percent of their time outside of the classroom, so our investment in that time is very important and significant to their growth,” he said.
Stoney was joined at Thursday’s press conference at Broad Rock Elementary by RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras, Richmond YMCA CEO Tim Joyce and BellXcel CEO Lauren Gilbert. Walmart announced it was donating $40,000 to help pay for the BellXcel curriculum, which uses evidence-based programming and social-emotional learning.
The YMCA Power Scholars Academy has helped past students increase their literacy and math skills, according to city officials.
Stoney has also declared July 11th Summer Learning Day in the City of Richmond.