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NYA Receives Anonymous $400,000 to Support Character Development and Service

Yarmouth, Maine, May 22, 2021: North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $400,000 gift to create and support a Character and Service Champion faculty position. The anonymous gift comes just ahead of the June 4 NYA Soirée, a major fundraiser for the Academy. This year’s Soirée will honor the dedication and excellence of the NYA faculty by investing in their professional development and resources.

 The North Yarmouth Academy mission statement affirms the values of mutual respect, trust, and community, as well as a dedication to fostering integrity, character, and intellect in students. “These values are the fabric of an NYA education,” said Head of School, Ben Jackson. “They are taught, practiced, and learned through a breadth of experiences that extend beyond the classroom to playing fields, community service projects, hands-on learning, participation in clubs and co-curricular activities, as well as interactions with peers.” This donation will cement these values at the Academy. The NYA Character and Service Champion will provide vision, leadership, and an over-arching strategy for the Academy’s service and community engagement activities. The champion will plan, implement, and evaluate new and existing community service opportunities across all divisions. An emphasis will be placed on matching students with age-appropriate experiences in new environments with a variety of people. Students will develop skills and reflect on volunteerism as a means of encouraging growth and resilience while building confidence, courage, empathy, and an appreciation for social responsibility.

“NYA is deeply grateful to receive such a generous gift to support the Academy, and in particular, faculty in their work of developing character and an appreciation for community engagement in students,” continued Jackson. “In our own children, NYA created a foundation for lifelong learning through shared community experiences, hands-on learning, and relationship building,” said the anonymous benefactors. “In a world where respect, honesty, and compassion are so needed, we wanted to ensure the NYA faculty had the support and resources needed to continue their important work in this area.”

For more information about the NYA Soirée, visit www.nya.org/soiree.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to post graduate students with an enrollment of 375 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or information@nya.org.