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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Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction
(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounces the 6th annual charity luncheon and purse auction called, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place on Friday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E President St.
New for 2018, the event will host pop-up shops from Kendra Scott and Charleston Shoe Company with a portion of the sales benefiting Horizons. Featured bags includes gently-used vintage and new designer handbags, bags from new local designer Garland Bags, clutches, evening bags, totes, beach bags and leather backpacks.
A silent auction will kick off the event at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. The tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10.
“This is the must-attend event of the Fall season,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons SavannahExecutive Director. “It’s a fun lunch that brings together our community to support Horizons Savannah, shop for some beautiful handbags, and new this year even purchase some great shoes and jewelry to match!”
Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The different levels include Prada at $250, Dior at $500 and Chanel at $1,000. Donations are also still being accepted for the bag auction. For more information on sponsorship or donations, contact Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854.
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 912-961-8854or email@example.com. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.
Horizons Savannah Giving Day Passes Goal
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Horizons Savannah Giving Day, held Wednesday, May 16, raised more than $77,000 to benefit the Horizons Savannah program resulting in their largest Giving Day ever. This one-day event was a national day of giving with the goal of raising more than one million dollars to bring Horizons to more communities and families nationwide. Horizons Savannah’s raised funds will go to directly to help close the opportunity gap for low-income Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Chatham County and the greater Savannah area.
Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah is thrilled with the level of participation and enthusiasm from the business community, “We are so thankful for the support of our community. It took everyone coming together to make Horizons Giving Day such a success. We can’t wait to get started on next year and look forward to this being an annual event to benefit Horizons Savannah,” Edwards said.
The Horizons Savannah program includes six weeks of academics, project-based learning and swimming lessons each summer through partnerships with independent schools, colleges and universities. Horizons Savannah serves over 200 students each summer at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School. This summer, the program will be expanding to the campus of Savannah Christian Preparatory School.
ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizons is 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 Savannah Executive 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.
Securing College Scholarships in Difficult Economic Times
(SAVANNAH, GA) College has always been an expensive proposition for most students and their parents, and the floundering economy over the past couple of years has made it that much tougher for students to come up with the funds necessary to attend the college of their choice. But finding a college that is a perfect fit and securing a scholarship to help pay for it is not as elusive as it may seem.
“The ‘sticker price’ should not be the first determining factor in whether the student can or can’t afford a school,” says Mary Beth Fry, Director of College Counseling at Savannah Country Day School. “I tell families never to cross schools off of their lists because of tuition.”
Fry, an expert in college counseling with 17 years of experience in the field, explains that if a college or university offers merit scholarships, or if a student meets full demonstrated financial need, there’s a strong chance that the student won’t have to pay the often shocking “sticker price” in tuition.
“It’s best to keep those options open, at least in the early stages of the college-search process,” says Fry, who helped Savannah Country Day School’s 78 seniors secure more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships in 2009 (not including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship).
Determining and Finding Scholarship Opportunities
Fry says that one of the most important factors in getting started in the scholarship search process is to carefully research the available options. She explains that some of the most competitive colleges and universities, particularly the Ivy League schools, do not offer merit scholarships. However, those colleges may offer generous financial aid packages for students who demonstrate need. Fry suggests visiting http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to get an estimation of family need.
When searching for merit-based scholarships, Fry says that rising seniors should spend the summer before their senior year researching scholarships by visiting college websites. She says that students should specifically consider the following when researching scholarship opportunities:
• Does the school have named scholarships that require a specific teacher or counselor nomination?
• Can the student self-nominate for a particular named scholarship?
• Are there application deadlines for the scholarship?
• Are there baseline criteria for a named scholarship that the school publishes (for example, a minimum grade point average, class rank or SAT or ACT composite score)?
“If a student determines which of his or her schools has named scholarships and if he or she keeps a check list of application/nomination deadlines and criteria, starting off the senior year can be so much easier,” Fry says.
Fry also encourages students to use “a bit of old-fashioned leg work” when seeking out scholarship opportunities, for example asking parents if their businesses offer scholarships for employees’ children and looking into small scholarships offered by churches and community groups. These smaller scholarships can help defray the cost of travel, books, computers, and other miscellaneous expenses and fees.
Students may also use free search engines such as http://www.fastweb.com and http://www.scholarships.com to access information about various scholarship opportunities. Once they visit the websites, students simply register and respond to questions that help refine their search. The students will then receive regular updates about scholarships that may fit their student profile and for which they can apply.
Positioning Yourself as an Ideal Scholarship Candidate
But what is ultimately going to be the determining factor in getting those much-coveted merit-based scholarship?
“For those of us on the admission side, we’re looking for what this student will add to campus both inside and outside the classroom and diversity—geographic, ethnic, socio-economic,” says Jean Jordan, Dean of Admission at Emory University. “For faculty, I’d say the emphasis would be much more on what they will add to the classroom.”
Fry echoes Jordan’s advice, encouraging students to begin positioning themselves as ideal scholarship candidates from the moment they begin their high school careers.
“Students should strive to do their best in all of their classes and to take progressively more challenging coursework from one year to the next,” says Fry. “In addition to that, we encourage our students to discover their interests and develop their talents right from the beginning of high school.”
Characteristics that may make a student stand out to admission professionals include:
• The demonstration of leadership in any area of interest (e.g. student government, environmental awareness, volunteering, athletics, etc.)
• a particular academic or artistic passion pursued over the course of high school
• Seriousness about independent research (e.g. scientific research), or community outreach
“The ways a student can make himself attractive to colleges are practically endless,” says Fry. “The key is to find a passion and to pursue it with consistency and dedication.”
Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit. For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit Savannah Country Day School.
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