The Horizon Education Alliance formed last year, using the research and recommendations from the Horizon 2.0 steering committee to establish an operational plan, goals and strategies for enhancing local education. All seven of Elkhart County’s public school corporations have since joined the alliance.
THE GIFT OF MUSIC
Horizon is working with Goshen College to offer Music Together classes for free to 300 local children and their parents.
Music Together classes are for infants and toddlers. Instructors use music, singing and rhythm to teach broader concepts like social interaction and self-regulation.
SEEKING SUCCESS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Horizon is also organizing the Elkhart County College Success Coalition, one of about 50 such coalitions in Indiana.
The coalitions are composed of schools, businesses, churches and other organizations interested in increasing college access and success, according to the Indiana College Success Coalition’s website.
In addition to Music Together and the Elkhart County College Success Coalition, Horizon is beginning work on two larger programs.
The organization is in the early planning stages of a coaching and mentoring program. Students could have reading mentors in the elementary grades and mentors who would help with career exploration in middle school, high school and beyond.
Horizon is also looking at how to expand the capacity and quality of pre-school education in Elkhart County.