Horizons Savannah Calls for Support on Giving Day, May 12th

Horizons Savannah Calls for Support on Giving Day, May 12th
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Horizons Savannah is calling on the entire community to continue supporting Savannah’s youth during this period of recovery by participating in its annual Horizons Giving Day on Wednesday, May 12th.The program has seen proven success for over 19 years in closing the “opportunity gap” for under-resourced students over summer break. Horizons Savannah continues to partner with youth, their families and the community to enrich the lives of students with the joy of learning, the skills for success and the inspiration to realize their dreams.

How prolonged school closures will affect students is yet to be seen, but it is nonetheless evident that this is a challenging time to be a school-aged child. Throughout, Horizons Savannah has adapted to provide innovative ways to engage students in educational activities, help build social and emotional resilience, and deliver resources to the community with the goal of closing gaps that are ever widening in the wake of the barriers schools have faced for over a year.

After a virtual experience in 2020, Horizons Savannah will resume traditional in-person programming for the summer of 2021 in adherence with CDC and local guidance.

Funds raised during Giving Day 2021 will support this summer program, featuring engaging academics, social-emotional learning and swim lessons for every child, as well as continued engagement with Horizons Savannah students throughout the year.

Two Savannah businesses have partnered with Horizons in offering give-back specials to encourage participation in this day of giving. These exclusive opportunities include:
This year’s Giving Day is proudly supported by our corporate sponsors, Parker’s, Savannah Toyota and The Collins Quarter. Additionally, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the first $25,000 raised this year will be matched dollar for dollar.

“Our mission is more relevant now than ever. While COVID-19 might have set some students back, we are determined that it will not define their futures. We have a huge opportunity this summer to give youth the attention, resources and support they need,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “Horizons is busy preparing a summer program that will be our best yet. We can’t wait to see our students again and gradually return not entirely to normal, but to a place where we as a program are stronger and more resilient than ever.”

Horizons Savannah provides an intensive enrichment program that helps prevent the well-documented loss of academic ground over summer vacation. Horizons students typically advance six to eight weeks in reading and math skills each summer, with national statistics showing 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduating on time and 91 percent going on to college.
In Chatham County, the program typically serves over 300 students from local public schools each summer and partners with local institutions Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School and The Savannah Country Day School.
For more information, or to make a gift please visit https://www.horizonsgivingday.org/organizations/horizons-savannah, https://www.horizonssavannah.org, or follow @horizonsav on social media.
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under-resourced students each summer. Since 2003, Horizons has been a transformative experience for young people in kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, or check out our Facebook page.
Horizons National is a growing, community-centered network of more than 60 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizons programs offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition and field trips.
Executive Director
Cecilia Russo
2021-05-07T14:27:49+00:00May 7th, 2021|