Horizons at SHU Enrichment Program Receives $20,000 Grant

News Story: May 26, 2015

The Horizons program at Sacred Heart University recently received a grant of $20,000 from Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF), one of its top supporters. Horizons, now in its fourth year of operation on SHU’s campus, serves children from Bridgeport public and parochial schools by providing them with a strong life foundation through academic training, high-quality enrichment and the tools to become good citizens. This program enables children to develop the skills and confidence to grow and become successful, contributing members of society in the city of Bridgeport and beyond.

Executive Director Jeffrey Rumpf is grateful for the support from FCCF, which has helped with funding, training and building the donor base with an annual Giving Day. “We’re so thankful to them for helping us pioneer this very successful effort to overcome the achievement gap,” he says. “This year’s grant award will allow us to expand with an additional 16 youth from Bridgeport and will provide the transportation, swimming pool and enrichment that’s so important for these kids.”

Horizons was founded to address the academic achievement gap that exists between children from struggling and underserved communities and their more affluent peers in a state that has the worst achievement gap in the nation. One of the main goals is to develop highly educated and talented young people.

This coming summer, Horizons will add a class of 16 children who have just completed kindergarten to bring total enrollment to 81 students ranging from grades K–4. The hope is to continually add a class of 16 students each year until there are classes in all grades from K–12.

Students have the chance to be academically challenged through rigorous, hands-on instruction in literacy and math. They also take classes in music, movement and visual arts, physical education and swimming, which is a central component of the Horizons National model and designed to both build confidence and provide a necessary skill.