Horizons Savannah Announces Participation in Horizons Giving Day on May 15
Local campaign seeks to raise $75,000 to expand the transformational education program
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounced today its participation in Horizons Giving Day, a national effort on May 15 with a single goal: to raise money to expand existing Horizonsprograms and bring Horizons to more students and their families. Horizons Savannahwill engage in a competitive, yet friendly, race to raise funds online and in-person with more than 50 Horizonsprograms nationwide. All funds raised in support of Horizons Savannahwill stay in the local community.
Horizonsis a transformational, community-centered education program working to close the opportunity gap for low-income children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizonsincludes six weeks of academics, arts, swim lessons, field trips, and more each summer through partnerships with Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Horizonsstudents gain 8 – 12 weeks’ of reading and math skills each summer. Additionally, 97 percent of Horizonshigh school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college or other post-secondary education.
“Horizonsmakes a long-term commitment to each student, providing critical summer programming and school year supports,” says Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah. “Our high quality project-based learning is led by an incredible faculty, and our swim lessons and positive learning environments impact students’ self-confidence and provide the skills needed to reach their goals.”
Ninety percent of Horizonsstudents return to the program each year.
At Horizons Savannah, nearly 300 K-12 students from the local public school system participate in project-based learning curriculum, STEAM, literacy, and swimming each year. This number is expected to exceed 400 students by 2024.
To contribute to Horizons Savannah, visit www.HorizonsGivingDay.org/organizations/horizons-savannah.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, and St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory Schoolserves over 300 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.
ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons Nationalis a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 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, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.
Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons to be Held March 30
(SAVANNAH, GA) The fifth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons“three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive.
The tournament is named for former Horizonsteacher Louise Lauretti, who died of melanoma in 2014. It’s designed to bring together players of all ages and abilities along with Savannah basketball legends and Horizonssupporters to celebrate Lauretti’s love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.
“This annual tournament is a great way for us to raise funds and awareness for a program that serves more than 280 students each summer,” said executive director Christy Edwards.
The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls from grade five through adults. Teams of as many as five players may register to play. The tournament will be “three vs three” with refereed games. Teams will play in age divisions for trophies. Local basketball legends Larry “Gator” Rivers and Dale Parker will be honorary co-chairs of this year’s event.
At the halftime break at noon, there will be a free throw and basketball skills challenge open to all players. For youth teams, which includes fifth through 12th graders, registration is $50. It’s $100 for teams with members 18 and over.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academyand St. Andrew’s Schoolserves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or email@example.com. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.
National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success
(SAVANNAH, GA) A recent national study confirms that students who participate in Horizonsprograms have better school attendance, higher academic outcomes, fewer disciplinary referrals and fewer grade retentions.
The new study, conducted by Concentric Research & Evaluation (CRE) and funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, validates that Horizonsprograms that focus on long-term engagement with children from low-income families produce strong academic outcomes.
“We know the impact this program has on Savannah’s youth. We see it each summer, as we watch our kids progress year after year,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “To have a national study confirm that this program makes tangible differences in the lives of our program’s children is awe inspiring. Over the long term, Horizonsis having a positive impact in our city and I praise the vision and leadership of our host schools, board of directors and donors that have always believed in our mission.”
When compared to their peers, students who have participated in the Horizonsprogram for at least four summers had the following in common:
Higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absenteeism
Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
Higher GPAs in 9th grade, a critical transition year
More course credit earned in 9th and 10th grades
Fewer times repeating a grade
Fewer disciplinary referrals
Most research on summer learning has found that students from low-income families fall behind their wealthier peers over the course of the summer, either because they are losing knowledge and skills or gaining them at a slower pace.
“These summer learning student outcomes reflect Horizons’ long-standing commitment to quality data collection and offer a significant contribution to the growing body of evidence on the long-term effects of summer learning,” said Matthew Boulay, founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. “Horizons’ exemplary standards in programming not only inspire a joy of learning during the critical summer months but, most importantly, set students up to thrive in the school year ahead.”
The study looked at fifteen Horizonsprogram sites in seven states, and, because it focused on long-term participants in the program, included only sites in operation for at least four years. Horizons Savannahhas been in operation since 2002. Each Horizonsstudent in the study was paired with a student who did not participate in Horizonsbut attended the same school or a school with similar demographics and achievement scores. Researchers used a variety of characteristics to match students, including gender, race and ethnicity.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.
HorizonsNational is a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 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, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.
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“This generous gift will directly support the 2019 Camp Buddy program,” said LDSSExecutive Director Kayla Johnson. “Each summer, Camp Buddy offers programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year with the goal of promoting information retention from the previous year.”
LDSSis a nonprofit that works to help people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts.
100 Women Who Care of Savannahincludes women from Savannah and the surrounding areas who are dedicated to making an immediate impact in the community. The group meets four times a year to select one local non-profit organization to receive funding for that quarter.
MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit LDSSGA.org. Find LDSSon Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.
Skidaway Kiwanis Awards $71,000 in Grants to 22 Local Savannah Non-Profit Organizations
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway presented checks worth $71,000 to 22 local charities during its annual awarding of grants event on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Plantation Ballroom at The Landings.
“Each year I’m blown away by the philanthropic passion of this Kiwanis Club,” said club president Tom Stephens. “We are dedicated to making a substantial difference in the lives of these children in our own community.”
Cecilia Russo Turner, CEO and founder of Cecilia Russo Marketing, emceed this year’s event.
The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Skidawayis to help at-risk children in the Savannah area.
The organizations receiving 2018-2019 grants include:
America’s Second Harvest — Kids Cafe
Backpack Buddies of Skidaway Island
Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Family Promise of Greater Savannah
Fresh Air Camp
Girls on the Run
Greenbriar Children’s Center
Junior Achievement of Georgia
Loop it Up Savannah
Local Outreach Volunteers Educators (L.O.V.E.) Summer Camp
Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire
National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Special Olympics Area 17
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah
YMCA of Coastal Georgia
Youth Challenge Academy
ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
The club has been serving Savannah’s kids since 1988. Skidaway Kiwanisraised and distributed more than $1.4 million and invested more than 300,000 service hours in their mission of helping the children of Savannah. They have 134 members who meet every Thursday morning in the Plantation Club ballroom for breakfast, a brief business meeting and a guest speaker. Each week, the speaker discusses some area of interest, such as local history, local or national events or issues, sports, art, literature, business, education or service opportunities. The club sponsors several fundraising events each year to support its charitable causes and has other fundraising programs that operate year-round. In addition, many of its members are involved as volunteers at youth service organizations in the area.
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Local Youths Receive Sailing Camp Scholarships from Audi Hilton Head
(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Audi Hilton Headand the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club’s Fund-a-Need program are providing scholarships for area children to attend sailing camp this week at the South Carolina Yacht Club at Windmill Harbour Marina.
Kids were chosen for the sailing scholarships based on their responsibility, a desire to learn how to sail and a high level of comfort on the water. Among the recipients were six members of the Boys & Girls Club.
“We’re so happy that these kids are getting to experience being on the beautiful waterways of Hilton Head, through our support,” said Warner Peacock, President & CEO of Peacock Automotive, the parent company of Audi Hilton Head. “The South Carolina Yacht Club is a great place for theBoys & Girls Clubmembers to have an introduction to the sport.”
The sailing camp will continue through Friday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mallon U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mallinclude Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati,Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagenand Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswickand Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswickin Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannahand Savannah Volkswagenin Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbiaand Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Fordin the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institutein Bluffton, S.C., andPeacock Insurancein Savannah. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Savannah Businesses Team up to Support Kids & Pros, Free Football Camps for Almost 300 Youth Athletes
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s fourth annual Kids & ProsYouth Football Camps will kick off on Monday, July 23 with a check presentation to former Atlanta Falconsplayer Buddy Curry, the organization’s founder and executive director.
The event will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Calvary Day School, 4625 Waters Ave.
The 2018 camps are offered free to young athletes ages 7-13 and are made possible by this year’s sponsors, which include: the National Football League Foundation, Chatham Orthopedics, J.C. Lewis Ford, GenCapital, The Dewitt Tilton Group, the Hodge Foundation, Byrd Cookie Company, USI Insurance Services, SunTrust Bank, Oliver Maner, Walmart, Savannah Quarterback Club, Calvary Day School, River Street Sweetsand Steve Bacon.
“We are proud to support this program, which promotes the development of strong character, a positive attitude and a sense of responsibility and good citizenship in youngsters,” said Chris Tilton, President and Co-Founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “The Kids & Prosorganization achieves this goal through fair play and good sportsmanship with adult leaders providing the example.”
The first camp will be held on Monday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 24, at Calvary Day School. The second camp will be held on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26, at Pooler Recreation Park, 900 S. Rogers St., in Pooler.
More than 300 athletes have signed up for the events. Registrations will be open until Friday, July 20. There will also be walk-up registrations available at both locations.
Kids & Pros, which was started by Curry and fellow NFLalum Bobby Butler in 2002, is a 501©3 nonprofit grounded in five core life principles called Game Changers for Life: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Integrity, Perseverance and Excellence.
Curry will be on hand at both camps to share coaching tips and encourage players’ motivation and will be joined by other former NFLplayers, college players and local high school and youth coaches. The camps run from 6-9 p.m. each day and are open to kids of all skill levels. In addition to three hours of instruction each day, a Parent Info Session will be held the first day of each camp from 6:20-7:20 pm.
ABOUT KIDS & PROS
Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta FalconsBobby Butler and Buddy Curry to teach character and skills through athletics. Kids and Proswill celebrate its 17th Summer Camp season, providing weekly youth football camps, clinics and football safety training across the country including: Lee County, GA, Houston County, GA, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, Lynchburg, VA, Stafford, VA, Huntsville, AL, Chantilly, VA, Hampton, GA, Bozeman, MT, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Norcross, GA, Coweta County, GA, Danville, VA, Canton, NC, Bluffton, SC, Savannah, GA, Sylva, NC, Chastain Park, GA. For more information on Kids & Pros, Inc., please log onto our website at www.kidsandpros.com, follow us on twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Groupbrings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com