by Anne Harrington
Every summer, we open our campus and resources to provide six weeks of fun and learning to students from the greater Austin community, specifically those enrolled in Title 1 public schools. Title 1 is a designation based on the number of low-income students considered at risk for school achievement. When I first learned of Horizons at Trinity, I was moved to see how my kids’ school has fully committed to its mission to “honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.” The more I got involved, the more I grew to love this program.
Through the Horizons program, teachers at Title 1 public schools nominate students who could benefit most from a summer enrichment program rooted in project-based learning. For six weeks, at no cost, students in grades 1-8 spend their days with joyful and creative Trinity teachers, Austin area public school teachers, and our Trinity Middle School student volunteers. This program encompasses math, reading, science, engineering/design, art, swimming, and more. Students go on weekly field trips to extend their in-classroom explorations to the outside world.
The energy is electric, and I encourage anyone interested in learning more to stop by in June and July and see for themselves. Horizons has the excitement of a summer camp, creating memorable experiences that are valuable in and of themselves. But crucially, the program improves literacy and math competency, builds confidence, and shows participants they are valued.
Like me, I am sure you want the best for your children. Part of that is finding ways to connect to our community and our world in a meaningful way. I am proud of Trinity, our values, and that we are sharing our blessings with our neighbors. I hope you will join me in learning more about Horizons and supporting this program.
— Anne Harrington, Trinity parent and trustee