The mission of Horizons at Warner/U of R is to provide summer programming for RCSD students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch in order to prevent summer learning loss and increase confidence. In addition, we strive to connect with parents, teachers and community organizations to support students in doing well in school, graduating high school and attending college. This unique summer program also creates a space for Warner students, as pre-service teachers to interact with non-dominant students as well as participate in successful learning and teaching practices.
Horizons at Warner is a six-week, full-day summer enrichment program on the University of Rochester Campus. Our primary focus is to engage K-9 Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences. Our curriculum is delivered through small groups of students led by certified, experienced and highly successful teachers. Our Warner graduate students also assist with instruction and activities. Every Friday all of the students participate together in a field study. We may tour museums, attend performances, visit famous sites, dine in restaurants or explore parks or nature centers. The older students tent camp during the first week to develop a teamwork approach for the summer.
This summer with the most ever students we served over 155 children K-9th grade. In addition to our highly motivating curriculum, every student takes swimming lessons, gives back to the community through volunteerism and applies academic skills to real life. Each student spends four hours a week in a small group led by a university professor or a professional from the field exploring skills and knowledge in the context of a college course. They select from an array of choices like photography, optics, robotics, Chinese, computer gaming, Crime Scene Investigation, bookmaking, inventions and organic gardening.
As the first university affiliate of Horizons National, Horizons at Warner began nine years ago. Each year when a new Kindergarten class arrives in the last week of June they will return for nine more consecutive summers. We strive to have every one of our students return every summer, creating a community that supports children over the years and encourages long-term academic success and emotional well-being. We continue to maintain above a 95% retention rate with our families returning each summer. Research results conducted by Horizons National demonstrate that Horizons students gain an average of two to three months in reading and math skills during the six-week summer program and students that have been in the program for at least three years demonstrate even greater results.
Horizons at Warner strives to connect with parents of our students too. We kick off each summer with a family dinner where parents attend workshops for supporting school success. We also culminate the summer programming with an ice cream social where students share their completed projects, book logs and an assessment of their personal goals. Throughout the school year families learn together during our once a month STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Saturdays. Parents and children come to the university campus to solve such problems as constructing a toothpick bridge, designing an egg protector and making a can car. These Saturdays demonstrate to families that learning can be fun and model for parents how to talk with their children about thinking.
As a non-profit program we are supported from foundation grants and individual donors. As a new program, we seek funding for:
Books for Our Take Home Library ($25.00)
Math Games ($25.00)
E-Book Reader ($100.00)
Hard Bound Journals for Every Student ($200.00)
Ice Cream Social ($450.00)
Friday Field Trip ($1000.00)
We focus on: Education
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
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