Giving Day raises more than $10K
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.horizonskentandqueenannes.org.