Port Chester Public School Receives $2,500 from NY Power Authority for Literacy Program

Paul DeMichele

June 1, 2005


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 $2,500 contribution.

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.