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.”

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!

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.

Horizons: 8th Grade and a Force for Good

This summer, our 8th graders are exploring how to be a force for good in their communities.  Nick Stewart, the 8th grade lead teacher, has focused that exploration around creating proposals for non-profits that the students see a need for in their neighborhood.  Mr. Stewart shared his thoughts behind the project, and his goal for what his students will take away from their work creating non-profit proposals.  “My purpose is for them to see that they have the power to change things, and to take a real chance at making it happen.  We use this as an opportunity to practice academic skills and to practice formal communication.  My hope is that they walk away from this project more aware of the community around them, and feeling like they are able to walk into any room and conduct business.  They naturally want to help their community.  I think by giving them the tools and the process to do so, we are empowering them to carry out their own ideas and to improve where they live.”

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Each student has developed a plan for a non-profit that addresses a community need that is close to home for them, and that plan will be publicly shared during an end-of-summer proposal presentation.  Three of our 8th graders shared the early stages of their proposals, and their hopes for where their ideas will go.



“I’m planning on making gardens, and giving the food to local food banks and restaurants to people who need them.  I hope that the places give to people who can’t get food for themselves and give it to them for no pay.  It will help local people in the community, so they won’t starve.  They can eat and end up getting back on their feet, they can start getting jobs, be rehabilitated.”



“My idea is to open up a rehabilitation center for people who abuse drugs.  It will feature a job fair and job training, give people a place to stay for a while, a temporary place, and make sure that they stop their habits.  I hope it gets approved, that it actually happens.”



“I’m trying to make a food truck.  It would provide jobs for people who can’t get them.  It will help fight hunger, and every meal that is sold will give a meal to the homeless.  And since it’s on the go, transportation is the issue with restaurants, we will come to them.  Right now I’m hoping it gets off the ground, I’m just trying to make a difference.”

Allison also shared her thoughts on the project as a whole.  “This is to make our community better, take initiative and try to help our community.  Not just think about ourselves, try to get everyone involved with problems that are just getting overlooked.”

Be on the lookout for more news on the progress of this project in 8th grade, as well as the other projects our middle school students are focusing on at Butler this summer!

Horizons: First Week on Campus

Horizons is so excited to be a part of Butler’s campus this summer!  Horizons is a national program that works with low-income students in helping to close the achievement gap during a summer-intensive program.  There are 51 sites across the country and one site is currently located in Indianapolis at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, the only site in Indiana.  Each program focuses on academics as well as enrichment opportunities, such as a foreign language, art classes, yoga, dance, sports, etc.  All Horizons students will also take swimming lessons to help boost self-confidence in and out of the classroom and provide life-saving skills that the children will take with them throughout their lives.  The students also have field experiences out in the city where they can explore and learn from the opportunities that Indianapolis has to offer.

This summer, Horizons at SRES has become a multi-site program, and Butler has partnered with us to house all middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th grade).  We are thrilled to be able to partner with Butler in this new and exciting way, and the kids have been loving their first week being a part of a university.

6th grade       8th grade

Our Horizons middle school students will be working with a curriculum this summer that was developed by two students in the METL graduate program here at Butler and COE professor Dr. Shelley Furuness.  Each grade will focus on a particular unit of study, and each unit was designed to allow for the children to explore a guiding question related to building and sustaining a healthy community.  Our 6th graders this summer will be exploring sustainability and how to prepare healthy food while also caring for the environment.  Our 7th grade class will be focusing on how to create healthy communities at home, at school, and also online.  Finally, our 8th graders will be working toward being a force for good in the community, and will focus on ways that they can contribute to a positive and stable community.
8th grade

A big part of our goal at Horizons is for our students to see themselves as life-long learners, and to see college as an attainable goal. We are so excited to be able to partner with Butler this summer so that our kids can start seeing themselves in this way!

You can learn more about Horizons and the work that we do in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzk3sV4p3XA