City of Beverly (Beverly, MA)


  • Name:Susan Richman
  • Title:Director of Grants

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  • Organization Name:City of Beverly
  • Address:191 Cabot Street
    Beverly, MA 01915
    United States

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  • Main phone:9786052368

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Beverly Public Schools is to enable all students to reach their potential through an academically challenging and diverse education.

  • Overview:
  • By targeting students during the summer between kindergarten and first grade, students at risk can be supported early on so that the achievement gap doesn’t compound each year. Funding is being requested to support approximately 60 students (in addition to the 20 third graders that the YMCA is funding) for 6 weeks (July 6 – August 14, 2015). It is anticipated that there will be 3 classrooms, each with 20 students taught by 2 certified teachers . The Hannah Elementary School in Beverly would be used for the summer learning program due to the close proximity to the YMCA Sterling Center. After lunch (provided free through the National School Lunch Program), students will participate in an active camp program at the YMCA in the afternoon. By partnering with the YMCA, the children will be in a nurturing, healthy, empowering program during the afternoon hours. Most of these children would not otherwise experience summer camp. They will be involved in structured recreational activities that will engage them in teamwork and promote self-esteem. Children will have access to aquatic programs, arts and humanities activities, and play time with friends to promote healthy living and build lasting memories.
    Busing of children will be coordinated with existing IEP summer routes to make the best use of resources. The principals of each elementary school in Beverly will work with their teachers, counselors, and reading specialists to identify students in need of the summer program through test results, grades, and those
    already placed on IEPs. There will be weekly visits from the library Bookmobile and students will be provided with a set of books to keep as their own. Studies confirm that children become more engaged in reading when allowed to choose their own books and there is a direct correlation between literacy skills and the amount of books in a home.

  • History:
  • The City of Beverly, a residential and industrial community located 18 miles north of Boston, was founded in 1626 and is one of the oldest communities in the state. The commitment of Beverly residents to the development of its children may be the most defining cultural aspect of this community. This is reflected in the public school system, as well as through the variety of recreational, athletic, social and cultural opportunities provided to children. The Beverly Public Schools provide education to approximately 4,500 students in preschool through grade twelve in five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. During the past eight years the district has made special efforts to focus on student learning, thereby making significant improvements to our school district. Despite these improvements, summer learning loss is a problem in every community. In restrictive funding environments faced by most school districts, summer learning programs are often not available even though it is known how much they are needed. Beverly is no different.

    The Summer Literacy Initiative is a priority of Mayor Cahill's administration, due to the high need to address the achievement gap experienced by low-to-moderate income students in the Beverly School system. Funding is being sought for a two-year period in order to ensure the program will be sustainable
    for the future with predominantly internal budget funding. The intention is to also grow the program in subsequent years, adding grades (second and third) and increasing the number of students supported in the program to meet the need.
    Although the program is new, it is being structured on successful results of the YMCA's Summer Learning Loss program piloted in Beverly during the summer of 2014, and on the results of the BELL program in Boston, MA. The results of BELL in the Boston Public Schools in 2014 speak for themselves. During the summer of 2014, 1925 scholars had an average gain of 1.4+ months in reading skills. In addition, 87% of the parents reported an increase in their child’s self-confidence, 88% would recommend it to other parents, and 91% felt more engaged in their child’s education. ( Summer learning loss can be ameliorated through participation in a summer learning program.

  • Year established:2015
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:
  • Tax ID:04-6001379

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