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Grant Acknowledges Horizons at Westminster’s Worker Bees

Each summer teachers and student volunteers dedicate a portion of their vacation to Horizons at Westminster, engaging with Hartford elementary school students in the on-campus, six-week enrichment program. They are the worker bees of the program, assisting in the classroom, helping new swimmers in the pool, energizing kickball games, sharing family-style meals, and much more. 

This past summer their hard work was acknowledged through The E.E. Ford Traditional Grant of $100,000, which was awarded to Horizons at Westminster in April 2021. 

The grant provided critical support for salaries and volunteer stipends in the summer 2022 and came with a requirement to fundraise an equivalent amount within one year to support the long-term sustainability of this important program

Horizons at Westminster executive program director Kathleen Devaney explained the grant provided essential funding to underwrite the Summer 2022 program, and the self-funded $100,000 endowment match helps to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.

“The EE Ford’s volunteer stipend was so successful this summer, we have built the stipend support into our budget for next year and are already actively raising funds to underwrite that initiative going forward,” she said.
Last summer marked Westminster’s fifth year hosting Horizons students on campus and this fall Horizons at Westminster was honored to be selected to be a part of the “Featured Projects” section of The Edward E. Ford Foundation’s website. The Foundation helps improve secondary education by supporting U.S. independent schools and encouraging promising practices. By making traditional grants to eligible schools and associations, the foundation helps programs like Horizons at Westminster to grow and develop in pursuit of their own missions. 

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