Horizons at New Canaan Country School (NCCS) will be participating in Horizons Giving Day with an advance giving period that begins May 1 and culminates on Wednesday, May 17. As part of this fundraising effort, the Horizons Family Council is hosting a car wash on Saturday, May 13 at New Canaan Country School (635 Frogtown Road, New Canaan) in the Athletic and Wellness center circle from 9 am to 12 pm. In addition, on Tuesday, May 16 an event will be held at the Sail to Sable store at 7 Corbin Drive in Darien from 6 to 8 pm, and 15% of the proceeds will support Horizons Giving Day. The Bauer Family Foundation has offered a $25,000 matching gift challenge to inspire giving. The first $25,000 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 helps more than 400 under-resourced Norwalk and Stamford students overcome obstacles, build resilience, and ultimately achieve their dreams. During our admissions process, we prioritize students who are experiencing academic, social-emotional, and financial need. The programming that Horizons at NCCS provides is needed now more than ever to assist our students and their families recover as the lingering pandemic amplifies disparities in Fairfield County.
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.”
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 17 by visiting: www.HorizonsGivingDay.org/organizations/horizonsnccs.
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