Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s to par­tic­i­pate in Giv­ing Day May 16

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s — a sum­mer aca­demic and cultural en­rich­ment pro­gram for stu­dents with lim­ited eco­nomic means — will par­tic­i­pate in the na­tion­wide Hori­zons Giv­ing Day Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, Giv­ing Day pro­ceeds will sup­port Hori­zons’ sum­mer pro­gram for bright chil­dren with lim­ited eco­nomic means in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties.

Do­na­tions can be made on­line now through May 16 at hori­zon­s­giv­ing­day.org/or­ga­ni­za­tions/hori­zons-of-kent-and-queen-anne-s.

Many chil­dren with lim­ited eco­nomic means ex­pe­ri­ence the aca­demic “sum­mer slide” when the school year is over. Of­ten, it is a pre­dic­tor of tru­ancy, high school drop-out rates, even­tual un­em­ploy­ment — and worse.

“Over the sum­mer, dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren tread wa­ter at best or even fall be­hind,” said Bob Parks, Hori­zons’ ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “They suf­fer an achieve­ment gap that’s hard to re­cover from. Hori­zons Giv­ing Day al­lows us to raise aware­ness and do­na­tions, so we can ex­pand the number of at-risk chil­dren we serve. Small gifts make a big im­pact.”

To learn more about Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, visit hori­zonsken­tandqueen annes.org.

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