Hori­zons stu­dents take trip to Smith Is­land

Record Observer - - School -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s — a sum­mer aca­demic and en­rich­ment pro­gram for promis­ing stu­dents with lim­ited eco­nomic means — sent its en­tire mid­dle school class on the pro­gram’s first-ever four-day learn­ing ex­cur­sion to Smith Is­land.

The Sun­day through Wed­nes­day trip pro­vided Hori­zons stu­dents with a view into a much dif­fer­ent is­land world. Stu­dents got a first­hand glimpse into Smith Is­land’s unique mar­itime cul­ture, in­clud­ing crab­bing, tra­di­tional wa­ter­craft, wildlife and an ex­am­i­na­tion of is­land life past and present.

“This trip en­abled our mid­dle school­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty and im­por­tance of is­land life in Mary­land,” said Hori­zons ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Bob Parks in a news re­lease. “Many of our stu­dents have never been out of Kent County, so a four-day trip to this unique and his­toric is­land cre­ates mem­o­ries for these kids that will last a life­time. As Mary­lan­ders, Smith Is­land is ul­ti­mately their her­itage.”

Lo­cated in the mid­dle of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, this small three-by-five-mile is­land chain boasts three vil­lages and a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of 350 year-round res­i­dents. Al­most ev­ery­thing and every­one that comes to Smith Is­land ar­rives by boat—in­clud­ing lo­cals, vis­i­tors and sup­plies.

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