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Horizons at Sacred Heart launches

By Sacred Heart University

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FAIRFIELD, CT - On Monday, June 25, 32 incoming first- and second-grade students from Bridgeport public schools celebrated their first day at Horizons at Sacred Heart. Each child will benefit from Horizons’ award-winning approach to summer learning, receiving a combination of academics, arts, cultural program and sports. Each Horizons student is also taught to swim.

Horizons at Sacred Heart University is one of four Horizons programs being offered on college campuses across the country. The impact of bringing young students onto a college campus for six weeks each summer is transformative, Horizons National CEO Lorna Smith said. “It is truly powerful to watch a group of six- and seven-year-old children from low-income neighborhoods, often from families where no one has ever attended college, thrive on a university campus in the summer.”

At an event to officially introduce the program to the community, Gregory Middleton, Horizons at SHU’s executive director, detailed his experience in meeting one student. “While learning about our students, I came across the story of one in particular. He is five years old and lives with his grandmother; his father is not in the picture, and his mother recently died. His grandmother and teacher indicated that he has not been the same since his mother’s death. If it is indeed true that it takes a village to raise a child, then with open arms we welcome him to this village called Horizons at Sacred Heart,” Middleton said.

Middleton encouraged everyone in attendance at the opening event to make it their mission to see this student, along with the 31 others getting off the school bus at SHU, walk across the stage at commencement in 2028 and 2029 as they receive their college degrees.

As these students settle into their classrooms at SHU this week, they are taking their first steps toward celebrating at a college commencement ceremony.

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