The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation recently awarded $20,000 to Salisbury Horizons to support the program’s expansion goals. In 2016, Salisbury Horizons will be launching its second site on the campus of Salisbury University. The initial expansion will see the addition of about 24 new students to the program.
“The Horizons Program has proven itself as a successful enhancement to the life of many children in need in the Salisbury area,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “We are honored to provide funding to help this program expand so that the benefits it provides will continue to multiply for years to come.”
The program promotes positive youth development and plans high quality learning experiences for talented, low-income students beyond the traditional school year. A child typically starts at Horizons the summer before entering Kindergarten and returns year-after-year through 12th grade. Salisbury Horizons gives students the tools and support that will assist them in becoming successful, confident students who will be college and career ready.
“We are extremely grateful to receive this donation from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation,” said Dr. Harlan Eagle, executive director of Salisbury Horizons. “Their partnership and generosity will help us to provide academic enrichment support to even more students in Wicomico County.”
The program currently serves more than 100 Wicomico County public school students at its current summer site, The Salisbury School.
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture. ™
Salisbury Horizons is a transformational, community-centered education program working to close the achievement gap for low-income children, kindergarten through 12th grade, attending Wicomico County Public Schools. In Wicomico County, 1 out 4 children live in poverty. Horizons students gain two-three months of reading and math skills each summer, and 96 percent of Horizons students go on to college or other post-secondary training. Referred primarily by Wicomico County Public School teachers, Horizons at The Salisbury School student members are immersed in a 6-week summer program and year-round, academic and enrichment curriculum that gives students unparalleled access to mentors, leaders, and innovative educational experiences. Days at Horizons include academics with an emphasis on literacy, STEM, and art in small classes led by professional teachers. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities breakdown barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. Transportation and Food Services are provided by the Wicomico County Board of Education. For more information, visit www.salisburyhorizons.org.
Attached Photo Credit: Todd Dudek Photography
left to right: Harlan Eagle, Executive Director Salisbury Horizons; Tom Harris, Associate Executive Director Salisbury Horizons; Teresa McCain, Board Chair Salisbury Horizons; Chris Oliviero, Perdue Farms; Mary Farelly, Board member Salisbury Horizons; Kim Nechay, Executive Director The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation