Maritime Foundation to help Sanders-Clyde students after school

CHARLESTON, SC - Through support by Trident United Way's Links to Success Program and other private foundations the South Carolina Maritime Foundation is excited to launch the Horizons afterschool program at Sanders-Clyde Elementary/Middle School.

The South Carolina Maritime Foundation will be the sole provider of afterschool programming for grades four, five and six and coordinator of linking partner services operating with Sanders-Clyde Elementary/Middle School for the 2010-2011 school year.

As Site Director for Sanders-Clyde and previous Program Coordinator for the Foundation's 21st Century Spirit Ocean Adventure dropout-prevention program, Elizabeth Joyner will strive to ensure the program reaches its goals of closing the achievement gap between Sanders-Clyde students and other Charleston County schools, as well as providing a complex of comprehensive support structures to the entire Sanders-Clyde/Eastside community.
The Horizons afterschool program is intended to serve as a catalyst for systemic change. While Sanders-Clyde students will receive regular direct services during the school day, Horizons aims to provide an extended-day learning opportunity giving students a better chance to succeed.

Following school dismissal from 2:30 - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday for 32 weeks, students will participate in health and wellness programming, sustained silent reading, literacy coaching and homework assistance daily and they'll be exposed to the arts, creative writing, service learning, science, technology, engineering and mathematic projects once per week.

On a monthly basis, the South Carolina Maritime Foundation's unique asset, the Spirit of South Carolina, a 140-foot traditional tall ship will be utilized to promote an unparalleled opportunity for experiential education aboard the ship to Horizon students.
To unify all of these elements, the 32-week program will be comprised of four to five week project-based curricular units correlated to the essential literacy principles developed by the Ocean Literacy Network. Each principle is linked with a conceptual flow, scope and sequence and students explore each unit in a multidisciplinary fashion with field studies used to contextualize student learning.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to offer Horizons afterschool program to the students and families of Sanders-Clyde. With the success we've seen through our 21st Century Spirit Ocean Adventure dropout-prevention program we're confident we can help bridge the achievement and opportunity gap for the Horizons program students," said Sarah Piwinski, South Carolina Maritime Foundation Director.