Resolution J5162-2013

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Horizons at Harley, Rochester, New York



  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Horizons at
Harley, Rochester, New York

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those organizations which  are  committed  to  enhancing  the
quality of education in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  20th Anniversary of Horizons at Harley, Rochester, New York;
  WHEREAS, The Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School,
now beginning its 20th year of successful operation,  has  been  serving
low-income, City of Rochester students in Kindergarten through 8th grade
since 1995; and
  WHEREAS,  The  program,  an  affiliate of the Horizons National summer
learning program, is one of the oldest  in  the  country;  the  six-week
summer program employs an experiential model of teaching that is focused
on reading, writing and math; and
  WHEREAS,  The hands-on, project-based curriculum successfully counter-
acts the negative effects of summer learning  loss  and  the  associated
achievement  gap;  students  not only improve academically, but learn to
swim and participate in a breadth of activities that foster  creativity,
confidence, citizenship and good health; and
  WHEREAS,  Students who enter Horizons at Harley with below grade level
reading skills gain an average of one to three months of reading  skills
during the six week Horizons summer session; and
  WHEREAS,  Ninety  percent  of  students  who graduate from Horizons at
Harley go on to graduate from high school on time and enroll  in  higher
education; and
  WHEREAS,  Horizons at Harley offers a rich array of academic, cultural
and recreational activities designed to help low-income students realize
their full potential; and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from the program, many  Horizons  at  Harley
students  return  as  teacher's  assistants during the summer session to
work with the current students; and
  WHEREAS, In partnership with the Harley School, several key people and
institutions have played a major role in initiating and  sustaining  the
Horizons  at  Harley  program,  including but not limited to: Joseph and
Nancy Briggs, William Burleigh,  Cynthia  Marshall,  the  Marie  C.  and
Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, and the Rochester City School District; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is very pleased to have this opportu-
nity to salute Horizons at Harley for its  long  history  of  purposeful
endeavor  which  has  greatly  benefited the Rochester community, and to
wish this worthy organization continued success in  future  years;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Horizons at Harley,  Rochester,  New
York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Horizons at Harley, Rochester, New York.


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