Summer is a time for kids to be kids – and catch up in the classroom
"I have been coming to Horizons since I was in third grade, and my favorite part is when we do math skills and practice it."
For Adugelik Cortes, Horizons is a chance to get better in academics – and learn fun, new skills.
“I have been coming to Horizons since I was in third grade, and my favorite part is when we do math skills and practice it,” said Adugelik, who is now in fourth grade at Garden Hills Elementary. “The summer camp (at AIS) is different from my school year because we get to do more stuff because we get to go swimming and the field trips. We went ice skating in one of them.”
The camp has given her confidence at school and at home. Her brother is in Kindergarten, and now she says she wants to show him the ropes.
“I’ve been to Kindergarten, and I know what it is, and I know what to teach him because he has some stuff he could learn, and I could help him with it. I could help him speak in English too. That’s what I like about Horizons; it helps my family learn English too.”
This past summer she passed the swimming test, practiced each week and competed in a swim meet for the first time.
“Swimming is my favorite thing to do,” she said. “Now, I get to go in the deep and swim across. We start at six feet and end up at 10. And it’s fun. It’s kind of long, but sometimes you have to breathe in and breathe out, so you can have more energy.”