Horizons Receives $25K from Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Horizons at Sacred Heart University has received a grant of $25,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) to support development of its year-round STEM and reading curriculums.

Horizons at SHU helps underprivileged children from Bridgeport overcome the phenomenon known as summer learning loss, in which students who have fewer opportunities for enrichment and intellectual stimulation each summer retain less of what they learned in school than their peers whose families can afford such activities. Children coming into the program already are reading below grade level. With a 4-to-1 student-teacher ratio, Horizons teaches them skills for academic success and empowers them to reach their full potential.

“Horizons is so grateful for the support of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. This support enables Horizons at SHU to continue to serve more than 150 youngsters with opportunities to develop their reading and math skills, their social and emotional intelligence, and their confidence. Through active and engaged learning, the program helps youngsters avoid a ‘summer slide’ in literacy and numeration skills, gain confidence as swimmers and in other physical activities, and in artistic pursuits. The youngsters thrive, grow and become better selves thanks to this support,” says Tom Forget, faculty liaison for the Horizons at SHU program.

The Horizons at SHU program is part of an award-winning, national organization comprising more than 50 chapters and serving more than 5,000 students. Founded in 2012 within the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, Horizons at Sacred Heart University has since grown to approximately 150 students ranging from kindergarten through seventh grade. This year, the summer program will have an additional class for children who just completed kindergarten, with a goal of adding a grade each year until they have students from kindergarten to 12th grade. For more information on the Horizons affiliate at Sacred Heart, visit www.horizonsatshu.org.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues affecting the region. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds the foundation maintains. The FCCF complies with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.