Power Scholars Academy helping children in New Hope succeed in school

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - An effort is underway to make sure every child in New Hope has a chance to succeed.

The Heart of the Valley YMCA, the CARE Center and New Hope Elementary have teamed up to provide the Power Scholars Academy, this summer.

The six-week program is aimed at preventing summer learning loss, especially among children from low-income households who may have few opportunities for summer enrichment.

Nearly 70 children, in grades K-8, spend the mornings working on their math and reading skills. Because of the fun curriculum, organizers say the environment is definitely more "summer camp" than "summer school."

Lunch is provided free, through New Hope Elementary's participation as a USDA summer feeding site.

In the afternoon, the children take part in enrichment programs, such as theatrical production, basketball, cheer, swimming, gymnastics and crafts.

Bus transportation to the program is provided.

Those who are able pay $75 for the entire program. Children who cannot afford the cost are eligible for scholarship.

Organizers say they would like to continue the program next year and even expand it to other Madison County schools. That will depend on grant availability.

In the meantime, there are many volunteer opportunities in the area through the Care Center.