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NYA Receives Grant from Davis Family Foundation

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) received a grant of $50,000 from the Davis Family Foundation in Yarmouth, Maine to support the construction of a modern learning commons on campus.

Learning Commons renderingAs announced earlier this month, NYA will renovate and expand the current library space in the Curtis Building into a state-of-the-art learning commons. The NYA Learning Commons will provide the structure and space for information technology, online education, tutoring, collaboration, content creation, meeting, reading, and study. Learning commons are increasingly prevalent in school library settings and are frequently cited as models for the “library of the future.”

“NYA is deeply appreciative of the Davis Family Foundation’s commitment to supporting 21st Century learning for our students,” said Head of School Ben Jackson. “The NYA Learning Commons will be a major resource to ensure the Academy is preparing our students for success in today’s changing world.”

The Davis Family Foundation is a public charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine to support educational, medical, and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine. The foundation was established following Mr. Davis’ retirement as President and Chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. The overriding goal for the foundation was to make grants where they would do the most good and make a real difference. The foundation has provided over $58 million in grants since its grantmaking activities began in 1986.

In addition to providing space for NYA’s Upper and Middle School students, the NYA Learning Commons will also support various Lower School programs including new early literacy and STEM.

The Davis Family Foundation grant will be combined with gifts from generous NYA families, including a gift of $150,000 from Trustee James Cabot ‘98 and Alex Cabot ‘01; $100,000 from Trustee Lincoln Merrill, Jr. ’75 and Kim Merrill P’04, P’06; $75,000 from Trustee Nick Alberding and Jessie Alberding P’18, P’21; as well as other commitments from benefactors that bring the full total committed to $400,000 for the Learning Commons project.

Learning Commons rendering“Our family was thrilled to support these improvements to the NYA campus,” said Lincoln Merrill, Jr. of his gift to the project. “The learning commons will give students a place to hone skills like collaboration, creative problem solving, adaptive thinking, inquiry, and technology. These are skills they’ll need in order to be successful at the next levels and beyond.”

NYA will continue to raise the funds needed to complete this $700,000 project during the NYA Soirée on Friday, April 27 at Thompson’s Point and through additional private and foundation gifts. To learn more about supporting the project, contact Jennifer Richard, Director of Development, at 207-847-5429 or jrichard@nya.org.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.