Horizons at Warner to Celebrate National Summer Learning Day with Event Honoring Walter Cooper '57 (PhD)

Walter CooperIn celebration of National Summer Learning Day on July 14, 2016, Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD Students in Grades K-8 at the University of Rochester will host an educational community event that honors longtime scientist, educator, and civil rights leader Walter Cooper '57 (PhD) for his commitment to learning. Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer.  
The event will take place from 8 to 9:15 a.m. in LeChase Hall (Genrich-Rusling Room) on the University of Rochester’s River Campus, and will include remarks by Cooper and a panel discussion, moderated by Warner School of Education doctoral student Thomas Noel, on summer learning. Following the event, attendees will have the opportunity to interact and visit with Horizons at Warner teachers and students.
Cooper is a retired research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co., one of the founding members of the Rochester chapter of the National Urban League and Action for a Better Community, and New York State regent emeritus. In 2008, he received the Frederick Douglass Medal from the University of Rochester in recognition of his lifetime involvement in civil rights. He was the first African American to receive a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Rochester.
Horizons at Warner is a full-day, six-week summer enrichment program that brings 150 city students to the University of Rochester’s River Campus from July 5 to August 10, 2016. Horizons at Warner is designed to keep kindergarten through eighth-grade students learning outside the traditional classroom during the summer months and engaged in core subjects such as reading, math, and science by blending lessons with activities in art, sports, cultural enrichment, and field trips. The program not only helps to prevent summer learning loss in enrolled students, but also offers an opportunity for graduate students at the Warner School to gain additional hands-on experience working with kids of various ages in a non-traditional, informal academic setting. The theme of Horizons at Warner this summer is “performance.”
To register for this free event, or for more information about Horizons at Warner, contact Lynn Gatto at (585) 484-9577 or lgatto@warner.rochester.edu.  For directions, click here or visit www.rochester.edu/maps and then choose River Campus to locate parking and LeChase Hall.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education 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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