Horizons at Warner Participates in Horizons National Giving Day on May 20th

Campaign Seeks to Raise $1 Million to Expand Transformational Education ProgramHorizons Giving Day logo
Horizons at Warner at the University of Rochester will participate in Horizons Giving Day, a national effort on May 20, 2015 with a single goal: to raise $1 million to expand existing Horizons programs and bring Horizons to more communities and families nationwide. The Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD Students in Grades K-8 summer enrichment program will engage in a competitive, yet friendly, race to raise funds online and in person with 40 Horizons affiliates nationwide. Funds raised through the Horizons at Warner/U of R donation page will directly support the growth of Horizons at Warner.
Horizons is a transformational, community-centered education program working to close the opportunity gap for low-income children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Horizons includes six weeks of academics, arts, sports, and more each summer through partnerships with independent schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. Horizons students gain two to three months of reading and math skills each summer, and 96 percent of Horizons students go on to college or other postsecondary training.Horizons at Warner 2014

“Finding a path out of poverty is difficult without a college degree, yet low-income students are six times more likely to drop out of school,” said Horizons at Warner Executive Director Lynn Gatto, a Warner School professor and retired Rochester city teacher. “Students with Horizons at Warner build lasting relationships with teachers and peers that make real and lasting differences in their self confidence and the ability to reach their fullest potential.”
Horizons at Warner is a full-day summer enrichment program that will bring 135 city students to the University of Rochester’s River Campus from June 30 to August 7, 2015. The primary focus of Horizons at Warner is to engage kindergarten to eighth-grade Rochester City School District (RCSD) students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences in a non-traditional school setting. Most students attend for nine consecutive summers of high-quality academics blended with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, field trips, and confidence-building activities. Horizons at Warner also offers year-round tutoring for Horizons students in kindergarten through third grade and a LEGO First Team competition for students in fourth through eighth grade. Horizons at Warner is funded by the RCSD, corporate and individual gifts, and foundation grants. The theme of Horizons at Warner this summer is pollution solutions.Mayor Lovely A. Warren proclaims May 20, 2015 to be Horizons Giving Day.
Horizons National is a network of transformational, community-centered education programs that put children on a path to success in school and life. Horizons programs are closing the opportunity gap for low-income children by providing a high-quality learning experience outside of the traditional school year. A child typically starts at Horizons the summer before kindergarten and returns year after year through twelfth grade. Days at Horizons include academics with an emphasis on literacy, STEM, and art in small classes led by professional teachers. Swimming and other confidence-building activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. For more information, visit www.horizonsnational.org.
Mayor Lovely A. Warren proclaimed May 20, 2015 to be Horizons Giving Day. To make a pledge to Horizons at Warner on May 20 or before, click HERE or visit: www.horizonsgivingday.org/#npo/horizons-at-warner-u-of-r.  To learn more about the Horizons at Warner Program, contact Lynn Gatto at lgatto@warner.rochester.edu or visit www.warner.rochester.edu/centersandresearch/go/Horizon.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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