Article by Erica Wright of The Birmingham Times
Students with the Hearts of Horizons Civitan Service Club collected 224 pounds of canned and dry foods and $370 for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama earlier this month.
The club is part of The Horizons School, which prepares young adults with learning difficulties for an independent life. The school partnered with Civitan International, a Birmingham based organization of volunteer service clubs, to establish the Horizons Civitan Service Club earlier this year. There are about 21 student members and five staff members.
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On November 16th faculty, students and board members met to thank the Independent Presbyterian Church for their generous donation allowing us to build our state of the art Career Resource Center. Students utilize this space to practice their job readiness skills, apply for positions in the community and participate in their Business Communications classes. We are so thankful for this community supporter and partner!
This award recognizes one special student who has earned distinction over a period of two academic years. It is difficult for faculty and staff to select only one deserving student. The recipient of this award has demonstrated extraordinary personal growth and advancement across the curriculum.
This year’s recipient, Devin Orkin, receives praise from his worksite supervisor and faculty for dependability, kindness and willingness to help others. Devin shows courage when accepting challenges to enhance his level of adult independence. For instance, he readily greets visitors to our school, helping them to feel comfortable.
Devin agreed to be interviewed by local media promoting our school fundraiser, not an easy task to be featured on a live morning newscast! He was elected to the position of President of Hearts of Horizons, our student service organization. Devin helps to organize students and plan service activities benefiting the community.
His faculty advisor, Mr. Carter, wrote, “Devin has improved in so many areas–the most important of which is self confidence…Devin has grown so much more comfortable in his skin than he was the first day I met him. He is proud of what he has learned, acknowledges his shortcomings, and accepts responsibility for himself and his future like an adult should.“
Congratulations to our 2017 Student of the Year – Devin Orkin!
Congratulations to our 2017 Core Curriculum and Community Transition graduates!
(Core Curriculum Graduates from left to right: Devin, Klaudia, Liam, Jon & Isaiah)
(Community Transition Graduates from left to right: Sarah, Kelly, Noble & Nick)
During our recent Parent and Family Weekend, The Horizons School invited students, their families and community members to learn more about protecting yourself from consumer fraud, online security threats and scams. A panel of experts (an information security engineer, a banker, and a member of the local better business bureau) gave their insights and answered audience questions. In addition to that, some of our students put together the video below to illustrate practical ways to protect yourself from identity theft. Enjoy!