Giv­ing Day raises more than $10K

Record Observer - - News -

CHESTERTOWN — Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s — a sum­mer aca­demic and cul­tural en­rich­ment pro­gram for stu­dents with lim­ited eco­nomic means — re­cently an­nounced that over $10,000 was raised dur­ing Giv­ing Day, May 17.

Thanks to the do­na­tions from many lo­cal sup­port­ers, Hori­zons will be able to ex­pand the num­ber of atrisk chil­dren served in its crit­i­cal sum­mer pro­gram in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties.

“Hori­zons Giv­ing Day al­lows us to raise both aware­ness and do­na­tions to help us ex­pand the num­ber of at-risk chil­dren we serve,” said Bob Parks, Hori­zons’ ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, in a news re­lease. “Small gifts make a big im­pact, and we ap­pre­ci­ate each and ev­ery do­na­tion we re­ceive.”

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.

These chil­dren of­ten suf­fer an achieve­ment gap that is hard to re­cover from. Through its six-week sum­mer pro­gram fo­cus­ing on both aca­demics and crit­i­cal life skills, Hori­zons at­tempts to changes the aca­demic tra­jec­tory of low­in­come stu­dents.

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, the Gun­ston School in Centreville and Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Chestertown serves 160 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 sum­mer pro­gram em­ploys an ex­pe­ri­en­tial model of teach­ing that fo­cuses on read­ing, writ­ing, and math.

To learn more about Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, visit www.hori­zonsken­

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