NYA Learning Commons Night

NYA Dedicates Bicentennial Learning Commons

Yarmouth, Maine, September 28, 2020: North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) celebrated the completion of the Bicentennial Learning Commons with a dedication and ribbon cutting on Friday, September 25. Nearly 50 benefactors gathered on NYA’s front lawn for the ceremony, followed by guided tours of the new facility. In total, 106 families contributed nearly $1 million to support this project which transformed the former library and student lounge into a two-story, modern space for information technology, online education, tutoring, collaboration, content creation, meeting, reading, and study.

“A learning commons is often described as ‘a library for the future,’ and to that end, this facility represents one of the most cherished gifts we pass on to future generations. This space will be the foundation for learning for generations of NYA students to come,” explained NYA Head of School, Ben Jackson, in his remarks.

During the dedication, the project’s leading benefactor, James Cabot ’98, P’30, P’32, P’36, spoke about the motivation for he and his wife Renée and brother Alexander ‘01 to support the project, noting their generosity was spurred from a desire to give back to NYA and to honor their parents, Susan and Lewis Cabot, for instilling a lifelong love of learning. “It is my hope, and my family’s hope, that this great community achievement of creating the new Bicentennial Learning Commons, celebrating both the history and the future of the Academy, will inspire others in the NYA community to consider where their passions, life stories, and abilities may intersect to support the further development of the school,” explained Cabot.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to post graduate students with an enrollment of over 360. 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.