Elementary school students are taking advantage of a power hour for tutoring before school. Even though the help comes early in the morning, it’s a popular choice, with 95 percent of the students invited to participate accepting the invitation from Horizon Elementary School.
The cost for the program and transportation is paid by a U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Learning grant. The grant helps schools expand services beyond regular hours, and provide enrichment opportunities. Horizon is in the second year of the $200,000, three-year grant.
In addition to before school tutoring, Horozon also uses the grant money to provide an after school enrichment program, known as New Horizons. All students are invited to New Horizons, which hosts six week sessions of tae kwon do, cooking classes, dance, guitar, YMCA sports, a Lego League, and a community service group, Horizon Cares. Over 400 students participate.
“Our superintendent has given us the nickname of the 12-hour school,” said Horizon Principal Hilary Sloat.