Horizons: Last Day on Campus

Yesterday was the last day for Horizons on Butler’s campus, and we cannot thank Butler enough for allowing us the opportunity to learn from and explore all that the university had to offer this summer.  Our middle school students have loved their time on campus, and so many of them are seeing themselves as college bound thanks to our ability to give them this experience.

Check out some of the thoughts from students about their experience this summer at Butler!


20160720_121247 Kameron: “My favorite part was having the opportunity to have recess.  We started playing in the grass, and the Butler campus gave us the opportunity to go everywhere, have a classroom to stay in, and I just thought it was cool that they didn’t mind us doing the things that we did.  I would want to come back because the food selection was nice to have for lunch, we’re on a college campus and there are different rules we have to follow but it was nice to have the opportunity.”

20160720_121216 Amiyah: “I loved being with new people and experiencing what college students do and just having fun.  The best part was being here with friends.”

20160720_121150 A’dryanna:  “I liked choosing the food items that we get to have, like we had more freedom to eat what we wanted to.  And also I liked going and seeing the different stuff that they have at Butler on their campus.

20160720_121132 Rashad: “My favorite part about being at Butler was getting to tour the campus and learn about how Butler was made and its history and college history, and how good their college is, how good in sports they are.”

20160720_121039 Annesa:  “I liked getting to talk to the college students, and I liked getting to go to a new place.  Because we got to experience something that not a lot of kids get to experience.  I want to come back because I had a really good time, getting to hang out there with a lot of kids and hang out with some of the college students as well.”

20160720_120820 Davion:  “The cafeteria, it got healthy food that we can eat.  Being in the classrooms, because we got to experience how college would look like, so you can see college students.”

20160720_120747  Quintez:   “The lunch!  Seeing other college students, because it made me imagine that I can be in their place when I get going.  Seeing the big classrooms, and how big it is!  I want to go there for college.”

20160720_120655 Dayonna:  “We kinda got to experience the college experience, eating in the college cafeteria, walking through the bookstore, exploring the campus, and playing on the basketball court.  We learned a lot, and we just got to experience different things that we probably wouldn’t have got to experience.”

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Multicultural Books for Children:
We March, Shane Evans The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
Ron’s Big Mission, Rose Blue and Corinne Naden The Black Poets A New Anthology, edited by Dudley Randall
Hope’s Gift, Kelly Starling Lyons Cool Salsa, edited by Lori M. Carlson
Wind Flyers, Angela Johnson Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson
My Name is Truth, Ann Turner The Surrender Tree, Margarita Engle
Harvesting Hope, Kathleen Krull A Fire in My Hands, Gary Soto
The Bat Boy & His Violin, Gavin Curtis Crossover, Kwame Alexander
Alec’s Primer, Mildred Pitts Walter Latino Poetry, Globe Fearon
New Shoes, Susan Lynn Meyer Laughing Out Loud, I Fly, Juan Felipe Herrera
Touch the Sky, Ann Malaspina Carver a life in poems, Marilyn Nelson
Ruth and the Green Book, Calvin Ramsey The Inner City Mother Goose, David Diaz
Henry’s Freedom Box, Ellen Levine Hoop Kings, Charles R. Smith Jr.
A Taste of Colored Water, Matt Faulkner Sports Pages, Arnold Adoff
Rosa’s Bus, Jo S. Kittinger Confetti Poems for Children, Pat Mora
Sit-In, Andrea Davis Pinkney Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms, Charles R. Smith Jr.
A Sweet Smell of Roses, Angela Johnson My People, Langston Hughes
Jamaica’s Find, Juanita Havill I Lay My Stitches Down Poems of American Slavery, Cynthia Grady
Drum Dream Girl, Margarita Engle Sola Sol Bilingual Poems, Lori Marie Carlson
Not Norman, Kelly Bennett Then Entrance Place of Wonders Poems of the Harlem Renaissance, Selected by Daphne Muse
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood, Tameka Fryer The Sound That Jazz Makes, Carole Boston Weatherford
Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu, Ylleya Field Words with Wings, Selected by Belinda Rochelle
My Navajo Sister, Eleanor Schick Caribbean Carnival Songs of the West Indies, Irving Burgie
Welcome Precious, Nikki Grimes Brothers and Sisters Family Poems, Eloise Greenfield
Jake’s 100th Day of School, Lester Laminack Your Move, Eve Bunting
Night on Neighborhood Street, Eloise Greenfield Tears of a Tiger, Sharon Draper
Waiting for Biblioburro, Monica Brown Forged By Fire, Sharon Draper
Monster Trouble, Lane Fredrickson Double Dutch, Sharon Draper
Metal Man, Aaron Reynolds Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper
Lola at the Library, Anna McQuinn The Skin I’m In, Sharon Flake
Daddy Calls Me Man, Angela Johnson You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and poems about boys, Sharon Flake
Violet’s Music, Angela Johnson Visiting Day, Jacqueline Woodson
Lottie Paris Lives Here, Angela Johnson The Other Side, Jacqueline Woodson
Three’s a Crowd, Gwendolyn Hooks Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson
A Day With Daddy, Nikki Grimes *Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
My Pop and Me, Irene Smalls We Had a Picnic Last Sunday Past, Jacqueline Woodson
Summer Sun Risin’, W. Nikola-Lisa Mama Loves from Far Away, Pat Brisson
Lizard from the Park, Mark Pett Leon’s Story, Leon Walter Tillage
Max and the Tag-Along Moon, Floyd Cooper Thank You Mr. Falker, Patricia Polacco
Kitchen Dance, Maurie Manning Drive By, Lynne Ewing
Penny Butter Fudge, Toni Morrison Henry’s Freedom Box, Ellen Levine
The Chicken Chasing:  Queen of Lamar County, Janice Harrington Creativity, John Steptoe
My Family Plays Music, Judy Cox The School is Not White!, Doreen Rappaport
Thunder Rose, Jerdine Nolen Sister Anne’s Hands, Marybeth Lorbiecki
Thanks a Million, Nikki Grimes A Shelter in Our Car, Monica Gunning
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, Nikki Grimes Through the Cracks, Carolyn Sollman
Rich, Nikki Grimes The House that Crack Built, Clark Taylor
Keena Ford Series, Melissa Thomson The Hickory Chair, Lisa Rowe Fraustino
EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken, Sally Warner Nappy Hair, Carolivia Herron
Sweet and Sunny, Coleen Murtagh Paratore Grandma’s Records, Eric Velasquez
Ling & Ting Series, Grace Lin My Name is Yoon, Helen Recorvits
Sofia Martinez Series, Jaqueline Jules The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
Katie Woo Series, Fran Manushkin More Than Anything Else, Marie Bradby
Skateboard Party, Karen English The Giver, Lois Lowry
Don’t Turn Back, Poems by Langston Hughes, Reflected by Lee Bennett Hopkins  

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Horizons: Learning from Butler Students

Our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders had the great opportunity on Wednesday this week to participate in an afternoon of group learning and activities with students in the Masters of School Counseling program here at Butler.  The beginning of the afternoon was spent discussing college and career readiness, and the kids explored where their future career interests may lie as well as what types of education programs are available after high school.  The kids even had the chance to create their own college or university.  Many groups created colleges that focused on fine arts or performing arts, and all of the programs had an emphasis on academic achievement.  It was wonderful to see the middle school students sharing what they felt made a college or university program successful.


During the second part of the afternoon, the counseling students had prepared a few different team-building activities for the groups.  Each activity focused on collaboration and using the resources available to you in order to be successful.  The kids really enjoyed this time, and did a great job working with and supporting their group members.

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We are so thankful to the counseling students for taking time out of their day to work with us and spend the afternoon learning with us!

COE’s School Counseling program ranked No. 2!


Butler University was recently ranked second as one of the top value counseling master’s degrees in Indiana by www.topcounselingschools.org.    Schools were ranked based on their program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity and tuition and fees.  Butler’s School Counseling program is also one of the least expensive programs on the list!

This is actually the second time that our School Counseling program has received such distinction.  In 2014, our program was named No. 8 of the “Top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Midwest 2014” by bestcounselingdegrees.net.

Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.



Horizons: Seeing Ourselves as Bulldogs!

Our middle school students have been having a wonderful time on Butler’s campus this summer, and they have been making use of all of the amazing resources that Butler has to offer.  On Friday, the kids had the opportunity to use a very special space at Butler: Hinkle Fieldhouse!  The kids were so excited to have the chance to not only see the basketball court at Hinkle, but to play a game on the court.  Many of our students follow college basketball, and they had such a great time getting to experience how it feels to play basketball at Hinkle.



We so appreciated being able to give our students their experience at Hinkle, and we love that we have been able to utilize so many of the amazing resources Butler has to offer.  We are truly seeing the positive effect Butler has been having on our kids.  Many of our students are talking more and more about attending college, and multiple kids now have their sights set on Butler.

Nationally, 99% of Horizons students will graduate high school, and 90% will go on to higher education.  Being a part of Butler’s campus this summer has been helping our students begin to realize that that isn’t just a statistic, and that a college education is attainable.  It has been so rewarding to see our middle schoolers taking steps to have college as a goal for themselves, and we know that their experiences at Butler this summer will only help them in reaching it.