Horizons received the grant after a vote by all OfficeMax associates ranked their proposal as one of the top in the nation. The grant funds will be used to pay a portion of the cost of hiring certified, highly trained, professional teachers to work with students in the Horizons summer program. This year’s program will be held June 18-July 27 on the campus of Savannah Country Day School, Horizon’s host school partner.
Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah’s executive director, says, “We are so grateful for this grant to help us pay our teachers this summer. We are still actively fundraising to support the 2012 program, and we hope this grant will help us attract other corporate and individual investments in our mission to close the achievement gap for kids in Savannah.”
About Horizons Savannah:
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons at Savannah Country Day School welcomes about 150 low-income, public elementary and middle school students each summer. Horizons is a 6 week summer enrichment program for low-income students that helps prevent “summer slide”– the loss of learning that occurs during the summer. Horizons’ efforts are aimed at eliminating the achievement gap for low-income students in Savannah. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. Last summer, students gained an average of three months’ growth in reading and four months growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854, firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/
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Horizons is a six-week academic, cultural and recreational summer enrichment program that helps students from a diverse, low-income population build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility and instill respect for oneself and others.