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Grant from CHEFA Brings New Initiatives for Horizons Program

Financial infusion funds new kindergarten class, literacy and STEM curricula

Sacred Heart University’s Horizons enrichment program for Bridgeport schoolchildren will add a new kindergarten classroom and academic initiatives with a $55,500 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

Those initiatives include new curricula for literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes for all 102 students in the program, located on the University’s campus.

Sacred Heart established Horizons in 2011 to address the academic achievement gap that exists between children from struggling, underserved communities and their more affluent peers. It provides children from Bridgeport public and parochial schools with a strong life foundation through a rigorous focus on academics, enrichment and tools to become good citizens.

CHEFA’s mission involves enhancing the lives of Connecticut residents by providing access to tax-exempt financing and financial assistance to institutes of higher education. The Horizons grant was one of only 18 awarded from CHEFA’s Client Grant Program this year.

Jeffrey Rumpf, executive director of Horizons, said orientation for students who will participate in the new kindergarten class took place in early June.

“CHEFA is a very important and critical supporter of our growth and development,” Rumpf said. “This grant also will help us launch our new literacy and STEM initiative, which will put us in position to achieve some of the best academic outcomes in the nation.”

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