Horizons Board Chair Tom Oxnard Receives National Horizons Hero Award
Horizons Savannah announces that its board president, Tom Oxnard, has received the prestigious Horizons Hero Award from Horizons National. The award was presented at a special ceremony in Norwalk, Connecticut on April 12, at a weekend meeting for all Horizons affiliates from around the United States. This award honors the hard work Mr. Oxnard has put into Horizons Savannah for nearly ten years.
About Horizons Savannah
Horizons Savannah, an affiliate of Horizons National, provides 6 weeks of summer enrichment programming to low-income students in the Savannah, GA area. Our program is hosted by two independent schools, Savannah Country Day School and Bethesda Academy. Once admitted to our program, students participate in rigorous academic study, recreational activities and swimming lessons for 6 weeks out of the summer. We place a high emphasis on retention and our goal is to serve the same students for 9 consecutive summers. In the end, our goal is that these students remain on grade level from Kindergarten through the 8 th grade, instead of falling behind due to summer learning loss.
Numerous studies and recent research has shown that low-income students are more disproportionately affected by summer learning loss, losing as much as 2-3 months in reading skills each summer—and the loss accumulates over time setting students back by as far as 2 grade levels behind their middle and upper income peers by the 5 th grade. Students attending Horizons reverse this trend gaining on average 2-3 months worth of skills each summer.
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