Did you know that summer is often called the “most unequal time of year?” I was motivated to join the Horizons at SFFS Board upon learning this. Incredibly, summer learning loss in elementary school alone accounts for two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between low-income and middle-income children. Horizons reduces this summer learning gap by giving Mission kids the academic support and enriching experiences that more affluent parents can typically provide. Read more about Horizons in this recent KQED story: “How Can Private Schools Contribute to the Public Good?”
I am teaming up with kindergarten parent Shalinee Thakur (Myles) to encourage parents to attend the upcoming fundraiser for Horizons on January 31, 2019. This is a fun, inspiring event to meet other Friends parents and directly support low-income kids growing up in our Mission neighborhood.
Shalinee also felt an immediate connection to Horizons when she became a part of the greater Friends family last year. “The values of inclusion and community ring very true in the work done by Horizons,” Shalinee says. "Supporting kids who can benefit most from summer learning feels like creating an extension of the environment we are trying to cultivate at Friends. Most significantly, Horizons builds confidence in kids whom we hope will share their love for learning with their peers into the traditional school year.”
The benefit will have an educational and inspirational lineup of speakers. The keynote this year will be given by Dr. Alejandra Rincón, the chief of staff of UCSF’s Office of Diversity and Outreach and an advocate for educational equity. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on January 31 at SOMArts, a gallery and cultural center located close to the school. Wine, small bites, and desserts will be served, and lots of Friends School parents as well as members of the greater community will attend. Early bird tickets are on sale now—get yours before prices go up on January 14.
Please be in touch if you have any questions about the event. And, if you can’t attend the event but would still like to learn more about Horizons, please reach out!