Local students complete summer learning program
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.