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Horizons Student Enrichment Program at New Canaan Country School Kicks off 50th Summer

By New Canaan Country School

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New Canaan, CT - Horizons at New Canaan Country School is preparing to welcome 265 children from local low-income families for a summer of learning, exploration and friendship. The fun begins June 26, and the program will be in operation daily through August 2.

Now celebrating its 50th year, Horizons at New Canaan Country School provides an enriching summer experience to K-8 students from Stamford, Norwalk and surrounding communities.

“We can hardly wait for the children to arrive,” says Leah Kimmet, Executive Director. “We are ready to give our students a summer they will always remember. They will return to their schools in September with renewed confidence, prepared to tackle the academic challenges that await them.”

Unlike most summer camps, Horizons offers students the opportunity to develop their academic skills through project-based activities such as rocket-building and film-making. Unlike traditional summer school, Horizons complements the academic components of its summer Program with a broad range of enrichment opportunities—from swimming, woodshop, studio art and drama to field trips and several overnight campouts.

Horizons at New Canaan Country School was the first of 28 Horizons affiliates across the country. The success and impact of this public/private partnership led to the Horizons program’s replication and, ultimately, to the formation of Horizons National in 1997. The program at New Canaan Country School was founded in 1964 by the school’s late visionary headmaster, George Stevens, who saw the bucolic campus sitting empty and unused during the summer months and started what amounted to a fresh air camp.

In the 50 years since, Horizons has grown to a year-round K-12 program providing local students from low-income families with hands-on academic, artistic and athletic opportunities. New Canaan Country School has given thousands of public school students the opportunity to experience an independent school education through Horizons.

Horizons welcomes summer visitors. Tours of the program can be scheduled by calling the Horizons office at 203-972-7005 or emailing Lisa Bazemore at For more information, visit

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