Hori­zons holds Giv­ing Day May 12

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s — a sum­mer aca­demic and cul­tural en­rich­ment pro­gram for stu­dents with lim­ited eco­nomic means — will par­tic­i­pate in the na­tion­wide Hori­zons Giv­ing Day on Thurs­day, May12.

Ad­di­tion­ally, now through May 12, all do­na­tions will be dou­bled through an anony­mous match­ing grant. Giv­ing Day pro­ceeds will sup­port Hori­zons’ sum­mer pro­gram for low in­come chil­dren in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties. Do­na­tions can be made on­line now through May 12 at https://hori­zon­s­giv­ing­day.ra­zoo.com/us/stor y/Hori­zon­sofKen­tandQueenAnnes.

Many low in­come chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence the aca­demic “sum­mer slide” when the school year is over. Of­ten, it is a pre­dic­tor of tru­ancy, high school drop-out rates, even­tual un­em­ploy­ment, and worse. “Over the sum­mer, dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren tread wa­ter at best or even fall be­hind,” says Bob Parks, Hori­zons’ Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor. “They suf­fer an achieve­ment gap that’s hard to re­cover from. Hori­zons Giv­ing Day al­lows us to raise both aware­ness and do­na­tions to help us ex­pand the num­ber of at-risk chil­dren we serve. Small gifts make a big im­pact.”

Since 1995, the Hori­zons sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram has served hun­dreds of Kent and Queen Anne’s County chil­dren at or be­low the poverty level, as part of a grow­ing na­tional ini­tia­tive to re­duce the sum­mer slide. The six-week pro­gram head­quar­tered at Rad­cliffe Creek School in Ch­ester­town and The Gun­ston School in Cen­tre­ville serves kids from kinder­garten through eighth grade.

Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is one of 51 af­fil­i­ates of the Hori­zons Na­tional sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram. The six-week sum­mer pro­gram em­ploys an ex­pe­ri­en­tial model of teach­ing that fo­cuses on read­ing, writ­ing, and math. Stu­dents not only im­prove aca­dem­i­cally, but learn to swim and par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that foster cre­ativ­ity, confidence, cit­i­zen­ship, and good health.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, log onto www.hori zonsken­tandqueenannes.org.

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