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Horizons expands programs to combat the COVID slide

Horizons expands programs to combat the COVID slide

Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s has launched its first-ever school year program to help students and accommodate the needs of families during the pandemic.

CHESTERTOWN — Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne's has announced that it has received a number of grants to support its programs.

According to a news release, Horizons is the recipient of a Maryland Agriculture Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund grant from the Rural Maryland Council; a CARES grant from Kent County Economic Development; a COVID-19 grant from the United Way of Kent County; and a school year grant from Horizons National to help launch its first-ever school year program for students in grades 1 through 12.

Traditionally, Horizons offers a 6-week summer program designed to prevent loss in learning during the summer. After the COVID-19 pandemic began disrupting life in March, Horizons sought to expand its programs to accommodate the changing needs of families experiencing the most demanding challenges caused by the pandemic, the release states.

It launched a brand new school-year program in September focused on mathematics and STEM for students in grades 1 through 8.

Horizons also relaunched its high school program to include leadership training and career planning activities for students in grades 9 through 12.

The new school-year program gives families a variety of resources to choose from to best support their needs, the release states.

They can attend monthly Zoom small group math and STEM lessons, receive individual support from their Horizons teacher during their weekly office hour, build STEM projects with the help of teacher videos found on the Horizons website, utilize a math-learning app to practice skills in between lessons and receive encouragement via family newsletters, special notes and messages from the Horizons team.

These resources help to mitigate the COVID slide and demonstrate Horizons' commitment to their students' success, the release states.

The Horizons High School program focuses on college and career planning, leadership training and confidence-building. The high school students involved in the program participate in bi-weekly Zoom meetings.

Co-Program Leader Kelley Moore brings her expertise as a Queen Anne's County High School guidance counselor to the program as she connects students to outside resources such as academic tutoring or counseling when needed.

"Our goal is to be an additional support for our students and provide them with new and exciting opportunities," Moore said.

As Horizons continues expanding its programming reach, the team is excited to find new ways to connect with parents and guardians, who are the most significant contributors to their children's success.

Amy Crowding, Horizons' Executive Director, shares that "We feel privileged to be able to help our scholars stay focused on their dreams and brighter horizons just ahead," said Amy Crowding, Horizons' executive director.

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