JANIS IWANYK, CROP committee member, visited the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, located at Rumson Country Day School during an open house for sponsors to see the program in action. Horizons provides 2 hours of academic instruction and 2 hours of interactive activities (swimming, art and gym) and breakfast and lunch to the 108 children in grades 1-7. The children enrolled in the program come from low-income circumstances where families are not able to provide enriching summer activities. These are the children most likely to slide back and lose what they had learned during the regular school year. The children invited to participate are mostly referred by Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Middle School. I personally was impressed with the program's mission to provide long term assistance to these children. Once they are accepted into the program they may participate each year provided that they have continued support from their families. The students are required to have regular attendance. The academic programs are all provided on the campus of Rumson Country Day School at no charge to the program. The swimming pools are located nearby and the use of these privately owned pools is provided by the owners also at no charge to the program. The "Y" formerly the "YMCA" provides the certified lifeguards and swim instructors. I saw children happily engaged in all kinds of activities. These children benefit from the generosity of the volunteers and the dedication of the staff.
For additional information you can view these websites: Horizons Local and Horizons National
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