Horizons at Carolina Day School fosters academic achievement by providing educational enrichment and cultural activities to help bridge the achievement gap in Asheville.
Students join after kindergarten and remain in the program for at least nine years. The long-term relationships with participants’ families and the numerous hours put in by more than 25 high school volunteers each summer are crucial to the program’s success.
According to Executive Director Monica Antonazzo, “It has been so nice to be back together with our returning students, our new students, our incredible teachers and our dedicated corps of young volunteers. On a typical day, children may be reading to a therapy dog in the courtyard, tasting veggies straight from the vine in our Healthy Horizons garden, handling a hawk during a special event, or heading off to the YMCA for swim lessons. It is phenomenal to see the kids, teachers and volunteers engaged in so much creative, fun learning together.”
There is no question that Horizons children are happy to be back on campus together, connecting with teachers and peers they have known for years while making new friends.
According to a second-grade Sprout, “Mr. M. makes really fun handshakes and Ms. Howard always helps me with my work! I love garden time with Ms. Monica and Ms. Katie, and the best part about it is eating the kale from the garden!”
Horizons at Carolina Day is a 100% donor-funded program that relies on contributions from generous individuals in the community, as well as from foundations and businesses. Horizons is always growing, adding 15 new students and many new enrichment opportunities each year. It is anticipated that the 2022-2023 school year will feature in-person classes.
If you are interested in volunteering or staying in loop about fundraising events and staff openings, sign up for the school’s newsletter at horizonsatcarolinaday.org.