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Nazareth College Welcomes New Horizons Summer Program

  • Published: June 28, 2011

Highlights

  • Six week program for Rochester first graders to prevent the academic summer melt
  • The new program at Nazareth runs June 28 - August 4
  • Horizons at Nazareth is available through a grant from the Wilson Foundation
Horizons at Nazareth

Horizons at Nazareth

First graders in the program have fun in an acting lesson.

For More Information

Contact Deana Darling at (585) 389-2962

Nazareth College Welcomes New Horizons Summer Program

Nazareth College is joining the Horizon National Student Enrichment Program and hosting a six-week summer program for a group of 16 children going into first grade this fall. Horizons at Nazareth, funded by a $50,000 grant from the Wilson Foundation, is a full-day educational enrichment summer session for low-income public school students with a broad range of academic abilities.  Nazareth College is one of the first colleges nationally to host a Horizons program on a college campus. Every summer, children from poverty fall backwards in their math and reading skills. Horizons at Nazareth blends high quality academics with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, and confidence-building activities to stop the summer loss.  This program runs June 28 – August 4, weekdays from 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Deana Darling at (585) 389-2962 or ddarlin3@naz.edu.

Specific to the Nazareth program, three central themes that will be infused into the inquiry-based program are: nature in our community, arts in our community, and wellness. All Horizons students learn to swim, making enormous gains in self-confidence that spill over into the classroom. Along with swim lessons, the children will take multiple field trips, engage in community service, and participate in dance and theatre workshops. On August 4, there will be a celebration for the families to commemorate the program and their children’s accomplishments.

Each Horizons program operates independently in partnership with its host school and bears the responsibility of forming its own board, selecting students and faculty, and undertaking local fundraising. Nazareth College has selected two teachers, two graduate assistants and one undergraduate teaching assistant to work with the children.

Horizons was founded in 1964 at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT to serve children from low income families. Horizons strives to provide an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to encourage a diverse group of students from low-income families to realize their full potential. Working in partnership with families, Horizons serves students of varying academic abilities throughout their childhood and adolescence. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning.

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