ProGroup Contracting Helps Low-Income Kids as They Sponsor Southcoast’s Power Scholar Academy

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New Bedford-based contracting group, ProGroup Contracting, is teaming up with BELL and the YMCA to fight Summer learning loss with an immersive summer camp.

YMCA Power Scholars in the classroom

It feels good to know that there are programs like this in our area, but it feels even better to be able to support such an amazing program! - Lauren Leavitt

Summer learning loss is the greatest contributor to the educational achievement gap in the United States; It’s a regression in children’s education due to the lack of access to summer programing like camp and day programs.

Thankfully, YMCA Southcoast and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) have set out to ensure that academic and enrichment learning opportunities are available to students most at risk for summer learning loss; They do this through a special day camp called Power Scholar Academy. ProGroup Contracting is proud to sponsor this Summer’s Power Scholar Academy.

“We got the chance to visit the students as they attended this year’s program. This program is the perfect mix of education and fun, and it was easy to see all the kids were enjoying themselves,” says ProGroup’s Marketing Manager, Lauren Leavitt. “The kids spoke to us about all they have been learning this summer and the fun field trips they have gone on. It feels good to know that there are programs like this in our area, but it feels even better to be able to support such an amazing program!”

Power Scholar Academy offers:

  • A full-day, five-week program
  • Academic courses in the morning
  • Enrichment and physical activities in the afternoon
  • Fieldtrips to Boston’s best museums, arboretums, and zoos on Fridays.
  • Exposure to diverse ideas, people, and places
  • Teachings in empathy, tolerance, and critical thinking skills

Survey results show that by the end of the program, scholars have a more positive attitude about school, are more confident in their abilities and themselves and gain 2-3 months of reading and math skills.

About ProGroup Contracting:
Based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, ProGroup Contracting is a national painting and renovation business serving commercial properties for over 25 years. The company provides a wide range of services. Specializing in painting, ProGroup Contracting also offers power washing and complete renovation services. For more information on careers and services offered by ProGroup Contracting, visit

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