Lo­cal stu­dents com­plete sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram

Record Observer - - SCHOOL -

CENTREVILLE — Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s — a sum­mer aca­demic and en­rich­ment pro­gram for promis­ing stu­dents with lim­ited eco­nomic means — held its 2017 clos­ing day awards cer­e­mony and stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tions on Aug. 3 at The Gun­ston School, its Queen Anne’s County sum­mer cam­pus.

At the cer­e­mony, board mem­bers, staff and fam­i­lies hon­ored stu­dents’ sum­mer suc­cess with awards, while stu­dents pre­sented their sum­mer projects, demon­strat­ing the mea­sur­able value of Hori­zons’ ev­i­dence-based learn­ing method­ol­ogy. Through this sum­mer op­por­tu­nity, Hori­zons stu­dents gain not only aca­demic achieve­ments, but re­turn to school with con­fi­dence, pre­pared­ness and a de­sire to learn.

“Over the sum­mer, dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren tread wa­ter at best or even fall be­hind,” said Bob Parks, Hori­zons ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “Known as the ‘sum­mer slide,’ it is of­ten a pred­i­ca­tor of tru­ancy, high school drop-out rates, even­tual un­em­ploy­ment and worse. To­day, we rec­og­nize and honor these stu­dents’ ac­com­plish­ments this sum­mer.”

Parks said stu­dents in the an­nual sum­mer pro­gram will re­turn to school ready to have aca­demic suc­cess dur­ing the year and be­yond.

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 na­tional ini­tia­tive to re­duce the sum­mer slide. The six-week pro­gram head­quar­tered at The Gun­ston School, Rad­cliffe Creek School and Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, serves 180 lo­cal stu­dents from Pre-K through eighth grade.

Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is one of 51 af­fil­i­ates of the Hori­zons Na­tional sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram that fo­cuses on read­ing, writ­ing and math. Stu­dents im­prove aca­dem­i­cally, learn to swim and par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that fos­ter cre­ativ­ity, con­fi­dence and good health.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Hori­zons, visit hori­zonsken­tqueenannes.org. In­for­ma­tion can also be found on its Face­book and Twit­ter.

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