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College forms partnership with Horizons program

June 30, 2015

Washington College is now an official host site for the middle school component of Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s, the nonprofit that provides low-income children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade with a summer program of academic and cultural enrichment.

In announcing the agreement, local Horizons Chairman John Christie said the college’s willingness to host the children in grades six through eight is key to keeping them challenged and interested.

“Part of the Horizons philosophy is to have the children grow up with the program and return each year to teachers and staff who know and care for them and are eager to see them succeed,” Christie said in a statement. “Middle schoolers are ready to separate themselves from the younger children, so having classes on the Washington College campus and eating lunch in the dining hall there keeps them motivated to stay with us.

"This official relationship will help us grow our middle school program and also will enhance our growing year-round programs in college counseling and job preparation for high school students," Christie added. "We are so grateful to the College for making this step with us. It truly broadens our students’s sense of what’s possible for their futures.”