Horizons students take trip to Smith Island
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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