Success Stories

Digno Caminero speaking at the 2011 Garden Party celebrating his graduation
from Nazareth College.

2003 Horizons Graduate
2007 High School Graduate
2011 Nazareth College Graduate
2011 Begins working at JP Morgan Chase
2012 First Horizons at Harley Alumnus to
join the Horizons Advisory Board.

Literacy and the Power of Book Ownership

One of our program’s goals is to put as many books as possible into the hands of our students during the six weeks of the program to establish the habits that lead to a lifetime of loving books. We give away more than 1,200 books, and our students, on average, gained one to three months in reading proficiency during the summer months. During our summer season, through the “New Book Fridays” initiative students will receive a new book to take home (and keep), with follow-up discussion with their respective teachers the ensuing week. An analysis of a national data set of nearly 100,000 U.S. school children found that it is the degree of access to printed materials – not levels of poverty – that is the “critical variable affecting reading acquisition.” (Source: Jeff McQuillan, The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, 1998)

Success in the Sciences Starts from Day One

Even our Kindergartners (pictured here after studying the digestive system) are immersed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Infusion. In which in addition to our customary focus on literacy, grade level teachers and instructors of “specials” include STEM concepts in their lessons.