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Horizons Giving Day Celebrates the 60th Year of Organization

Horizons at New Canaan Country School (NCCS) will be participating in Horizons Giving Day with an advance giving period that began on May 1 and culminates on Wednesday, May 15. The Horizons Giving Day fundraiser will celebrate the 60th year of the organization that was the first Horizons program to open its doors in 1964 at New Canaan Country School and today provides over 400 students a year with academic and enrichment programming. The Bauer Family Foundation has offered a $30,000 matching gift challenge to inspire giving. The first $30,000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation. All funds raised will support the organization’s year-round academic and enrichment programming that is helping students reach their full potential. 

Horizons at NCCS provides a six-week summer program for students in kindergarten through ninth grade; school year programming, including Saturday programming for grades kindergarten through ten, a high school program, and family programming. Executive Director, Nancy von Euler said, “Horizons is a supportive, connected community that exposes students to experiences that fuel their dreams for the future and then provides them with the support to realize those dreams.”

Horizons prioritizes students in the admissions process who are experiencing academic, social-emotional, and financial need. When Horizons at NCCS makes a commitment to a student it is a long-term commitment with many students joining the program in kindergarten remaining engaged through high school graduation, and even into early college. This model works and its success is demonstrated in the outstanding high school and college outcomes. Our three-year average high school graduation rate is 100% and our three-year average college enrollment rate is 94%. 

Horizons at NCCS is a non-profit organization that must raise its entire budget annually to cover the cost of their tuition-free, year-round programming. Proceeds raised during this year’s Horizons Giving Day will support year-round programming, including the costs of busing, tutoring, academic coaching, college tours, and more. 

Donations can be made from May 1 to May 15 by visiting:

Horizons students on the campus of NCCS back in the 1970’s.
Horizons students during the summer of 2023 at their Moving Up Ceremony

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