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News from the Foundation

Posted: August 15, 2011

Deadline Approaching for Horizon Awards

Schools, Teachers Encouraged to Apply

The Horizon Award provided preschoolers at East San Jose Elementary and other schools with introductory musical instruments.

The APS Education Foundation is encouraging district schools and teachers at all levels to apply for the Fall 2011 Horizon Awards. The awards, funded by the Foundation’s Horizon Campaign, will provide between $1,500 and $5,000 to projects in four areas:

  • Literacy
  • Fine arts
  • Science/technology/engineering/math and
  • Middle and high school activities.

Last school year, the Horizon Awards put tens of thousands of dollars into classrooms throughout the district, and the campaign also contributed $20,000 to Join-a-School’s Seeds of Learning effort. A committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors evaluated last year’s applications and picked more than 20 projects to fund at all levels. Approximately 5,000 APS students were touched by the awards.

“We believe the Horizon Awards were a great success in their first year, but of course there’s plenty more to do,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “We do know that they’re really well received by the teachers and kids in those classrooms.”

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Applications for the Horizon Awards will be accepted by the Foundation through Sept. 12. A committee will again select recipients based on their efforts to provide innovative, quality educational opportunities to students in APS. For more information, go to or call the Foundation office at 878-6165.

What Recipients Had to Say

“Promoting literacy in the science classroom (using novels and magazines) engaged students and helped pique their interest in the science standards we were covering in class.” -Jean Baca, Volcano Vista High School, STEM grant for $1,500

“I cannot even begin to express how helpful the funding of books has been in my classroom. Non-readers and reluctant readers are more confident; good readers are now great readers. I will forever be grateful to the Horizon Foundation for the funding.” -Adela Candelaria, La Mesa ES, Literacy grant for $1,500

“We (the kindergarten teachers) are so excited that we will be ready to start next year with take-home literacy bags! The parents all love the program.” -Marion Woolam, Sierra Vista ES, Literacy grant for $2,225

“All 632 of our students received Picturing Writing, a comprehensive art and literature-based instructional model that seamlessly weaves together systematic instruction in writing.” -Donna Garcia, Edward Gonzales ES, Literacy grant, $5,000

“Students relate to the presence of nutritional health problems in different generations and have some information to make healthful choices in order to reduce risks.” -Arlene Rickard, Valley HS, STEM grant for $1,500

“Without this Horizon grant, Van Buren Mid-School would not have been able to provide enough instruments and musical materials for each student. I am sincerely grateful for the gift I was given.” -Charlie Anderson, Van Buren MS (and Highland HS), Fine Arts grant for $5,000

“Thanks so much for your support. The kids have learned a lot of math and science in a real-world context.” -Cheryl Leung, Desert Ridge MS, STEM grant for $810

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