T idewater Trader June 24, 2020 Page 44 The Dollar General Literacy Foun- dation recently awarded Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s a $3,000 grant to support summer literacy. This local grant is part ofmore than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the com- munities Dollar General serves. “We are thrilled to partner with Dollar General Literacy Founda- tion to provide targeted reading support for our promising stu- dents this summer,” shared Amy Crowding, Executive Director of Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s. “Our reading specialists are getting ready to provide en- gaging lessons to promote the joy of reading and eliminate the sum- mer slide. We are very grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foun- dation for their generous grant to support our work.” This will be the 25 th year that Ho- rizons has provided academic and enrichment opportunities for un- derserved students in grades Pre- K through 8. Their traditional in- person program is hosted by the Kent School, The Gunston School, and Washington College during 6-weeks in the summer. This year due to the coronavirus, Horizons will be offering a “Horizons at Home” summer learning program to keep students reading, think- ing and exploring during the sum- mer to prepare them for success during the upcoming school year. Horizons will use the grant to em- ploy reading specialists to provide an extra layer of support for strug- gling readers and promote reading as a pathway to a brighter future. “During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support com- munities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Va- Soroptimist’s Kent Island High School Award Winner Skylar Podraza QACPS Announces New Church Hill Elementary School Principal for 2020-21 Barn Doors Are Open Again at Talisman Therapeutic Riding Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties has selected Skylar Podraza as the Kent Island High School award winner. Skylar received a $500 award to help her with college expenses. This award is based solely on community service. Skylar is a senior at Kent Island High School and has been a strong volunteer. Skylar says that the volunteer work she has been involved in was very heartwarming, sometimes eye- opening, and always fulfilling. In middle school she helped her family make daily lunches for “Our Haven Homeless Shelter” and once a week she volunteered at the Animal Resource Foundation (ARF). Feeling a need to do more she expanded into care packages of gloves, scarves, toiletries, and free meal cards from restaurants. Every Christmas she personally delivers them to the shelter. Throughout her High School years, she was an active member of Interact Club, helping with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) Superintendent Dr. Andrea M. Kane announced the promotion of program supervisor, Susan Walbert, to serve as principal of Church Hill Elementary School for the 2020- 2021 school year. Ms. Walbert oversaw the Title I, Title III, PreK-2 Reading, and Migrant Education programs since 2017, and has experience as an elementary school teacher and counselor. “We are fortunate to have talented and experienced educators, like Ms. Walbert, ready to lead schools and support children regardless of the challenges ahead,” Dr. Kane said. “She has the instructional leadership capacity to ensure that Church Hill Elementary is a safe, children in need, Toys for Tots, Rise Against Hunger, Personal Needs, Coat Drive, and Adopt-A- Bear. Feeling a need to do more with children she became involved with “Character Counts”. At the beginning of her junior year she wanted to work with a classroom of children as a Character Counts Coach. Quickly she learned that there were no “minors”– teenagers that had ever been a coach in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools – and it was something they had never considered. After a lot of paperwork and breaking new ground, Skylar became the first “Teen Character Counts Coach” in Queen Anne’s Public Schools. She is now in her second year at Kent Island Elementary School coaching a first grade class. In addition to being a Character Counts Coach in QACPS, Skylar is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Government President for the Class of 2020. Congratulations Skylar! healthy learning environment where students can grow and achieve at high academic levels.” Ms. Walbert began her career as a third-grade teacher at Kennard Elementary School. During her 14 years at Kennard Elementary, she worked in the roles of special education teacher/IEP chairperson, school counselor, and teacher specialist. She also taught at Sudlersville Elementary School, where she was a teacher specialist and lead-teacher of the Migrant Education Program. She served as a teacher specialist at Sudlersville Middle School. For more information please call Queen Anne’s County Public Schools at 410-758-2403. Talisman Therapeutic Riding, also a Horse Discovery Center, began a soft re-opening in mid- May. The center is following a five- phase plan developed by Equine and Program Coordinator Wendy Gast. “We are so delighted to have our riders back and the horses are even more delighted”, said Joyner. DescribedbyGastas“bestpractices based on CDC, Professional Asso- ciation of Therapeutic Horseman- ship International, State and Coun- ty guidelines, the plan is designed to protect the safety and health GOODNEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s Receives $3,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation sos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dol- lar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of to- day’s recipients conduct and sup- port their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.” The Dollar General Literacy Foun- dation is proud to support initia- tives that help others improve their lives through literacy and educa- tion. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Founda- tion has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit or- ganizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is a non-profit organiza- tion dedicated to providing aca- demic and enrichment opportu- nities to underserved students in grades PreK through 8 in our com- munity. Horizons offers a 6-week summer learning program target- ed to eliminate the summer slide and to prepare students for aca- demic success during the follow- ing school year. Due to the coro- navirus, Horizons will be offer- ing a “Horizons at Home” blend- ed learning program to provide support to both students and their families. To learn more about Horizons, please visit https:// horizonskentqueenannes.org/. The Dollar General Literacy Foun- dation is proud to support ini- tiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Founda- tion has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit or- ganizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general ed- ucation diploma or English pro- ficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Founda- tion, visit www.dgliteracy.org. of riders, staff and volunteers.” Talisman’s popular summer rid- ing program began on June 22 nd . Riders will enjoy a new feature, a sensory nature riding trail, added to Talisman Farm during the pan- demic closure. For more information visit www. talismantherapeuticriding.org o r call 443-239-9400. You can also like Talisman on Facebook. The web- site contains a video showing the new protocols in effect during the pandemic. Talisman is located in Grasonville, Maryland.