Hori­zons com­pletes sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram

Record Observer - - Schools - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Friends, fam­ily, staff and board mem­bers gath­ered in the cafe­te­ria at The Gun­ston School on Thurs­day, July 28, to close out the Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s sum­mer camp. Stu­dents from kinder­garten to third grade, sit­ting fac­ing the spec­ta­tors, were hon­ored for their suc­cess through­out the six-week pro­gram, spoke about their time dur­ing the camp and pre­sented var­i­ous projects com­pleted at the sum­mer pro­gram.

Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, es­tab­lished in 1995 as part of the Hori­zons Na­tional Stu­dent En­rich­ment Pro­gram Inc., is a sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram for stu­dents at or be­low the poverty level that pro­vides campers with fur­ther devel­op­ment in read­ing, writ­ing and math. Stu­dents also have the op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance in their swim­ming by prac­tic­ing three times a week and hav­ing as­sess­ments com­pleted to gauge their ad­vance­ment.

Stu­dents learn not just how to swim and how to do the var­i­ous swim strokes but also learn their lim­its, such as how deep of wa­ter they are ca­pa­ble and com­fort­able swim­ming in as well as how to tread wa­ter. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, names of all the kids were read stat­ing the swim level they came to camp at and what level they achieved by the end.

“Over the sum­mer, dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren tread wa­ter at best or even fall be­hind. Known as the ‘Sum­mer Slide,’ it is of­ten a pre­dic­tor of tru­ancy, high school dropout rates, even­tual un­em­ploy­ment — and worse,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bob Parks said. “To­day, we rec­og­nize and honor th­ese stu­dents’ ac­com­plish­ments this sum­mer. They will re­turn to school this fall armed with con­fi­dence and pre­pared­ness that will al­low them to achieve aca­demic suc­cess dur­ing the school year and be­yond.”

The group of kinder­garten stu­dents per­formed a song about mass and the difference be­tween the three stages — wa­ter, liq­uid and gas. First-grade stu­dents showed their mem­ory books cre­ated about the camp and said their fa­vorite rec­ol­lec­tions, such as math, play­ing with friends, learn­ing and watch­ing one of the coun­selors danc­ing while lip sync­ing.

As for the sec­ond-graders at the camp, a pre­sen­ta­tion was given about a pro­ject they com­pleted fo­cus­ing on forces in motion. The pro­ject was to show motion by us­ing a marsh­mal­low in a cup with a bal­loon sur­round­ing the end of the Dixie cup. A hole was cre­ated in the bot­tom of the cup to al­low air from the bal­loon to en­ter the cup and pro­pel the marsh­mal­low for­ward. The third-graders, fo­cus­ing on weather and the var­i­ous cli­mates through­out the world, cre­ated dio­ra­mas out of shoe boxes with de­pic­tions of the cli­mates and en­vi­ron­ments.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties com­pleted, campers took a field trip to the United States Mil­i­tar y Academy in Annapolis and learned how to march, hold a flag and how to prop­erly salute. Ac­com­pa­nied by Mid­ship­men, the stu­dents learned how one per­son is im­por­tant in mak­ing the whole of a group work to its best.

Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is one of 51 af­fil­i­ates of the Hori­zons Na­tional sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram. The pro­gram em­ploys an ex­pe­ri­en­tial model of teach­ing that fo­cuses on read­ing, writ­ing and math, as well as some phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The pro­gram, head­quar­tered at The Gun­ston School in Cen­tre­ville and Rad­cliffe Creek School in Chestertown, serves stu­dents from kinder­garten through eighth grade.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram, visit www.hori­zonsken­tqueenannes.org.

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PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Kids at­tend­ing the Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s six-week sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram sit dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the camp on Thurs­day, July 28, in the cafe­te­ria of The Gun­ston School in Cen­tre­ville.

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