Port Chester Public School
Receives $2,500 from NY Power Authority for Literacy Program
June 1, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORT CHESTER—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Wednesday presented a $2,500 check to a not-for-profit White Plains
literacy organization for a summer workshop program for 5th graders at
the Thomas Edison Elementary School here.
“Few things are more important for our young people
than ensuring they have the required reading and writing skills for
interesting, productive and independent lives,” said Nivia Viera of
Power Kids-X-Press, at the ceremonial check presentation. “The key is to
deal with problems at an early age. That’s the reason the workshops at
the Edison elementary school are so important, and the Power Authority’s
financial support is helping to make them possible.”
Kids-X-Press will hold seven sessions for the
students enrolled in the workshop. Its experience at other schools has
demonstrated the benefits of such efforts in helping children struggling
with their reading and writing.
Sobeida Cruz, NYPA director, Public and Governmental
Affairs, presented the ceremonial check.
“The Power Authority is thrilled to be supporting
the literacy efforts at the Thomas Edison school. Efforts like this can
make a crucial difference for these kids, giving them the confidence
they need as they advance to higher grades,” said Cruz.
The seven-session workshop will cost roughly $3,700.
The elementary school will pay the $1,200 amount remaining after NYPA’s
The Power Authority provides lower cost electricity
for numerous public organizations in Westchester County, including the
county government and various municipalities. It has also undertaken
major energy efficiency efforts, saving those customers millions of
dollars a year on their electric bills.
NYPA’s contributions in Westchester also include
installation of solar power units and fuel cells at various public
facilities. In addition, it has helped placed more than 100 clean
electric-drive vehicles on the county’s roads.