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Ready, Set, Read: Horizons Reading Challenge Begins

From Jan. 30 through Feb. 28, more than 150 Lower School students will be reading — and reading — and reading for a great cause: the Horizons at BFS program that provides summer and afterschool academic enrichment to public school children in the in the downtown Brooklyn area.




In the winter, bears hibernate.

At Brooklyn Friends School,

Lower School students read.


Lower School Head Jackie Condie and Horizons at BFS Executive Director Rachel Webber explained how the program operates in a recent letter to parents:

In an effort to further embrace and support Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School and because last year’s Horizons Reading Challenge fundraiser was such a success, we are again inviting all Lower School students and families to join us in our 5th Annual Horizons Reading Challenge! Participation is completely voluntary.

This year the Reading Challenge will begin on January 30 and end on February 28.  The deadline to register is Thursday, January 26th. Children will set a goal for how many books they will read within the timeframe of the Reading Challenge. They can read independently, or with a parent or caregiver. Family and friends are asked to sponsor the student’s reading efforts by making a donation. Each participant will have their own donation page, powered by the organization 99Pledges. See sample page.  All funds raised will be applied to the cost of sending a child to Horizons for the summer program, approximately $3,200 per child.

Not only is the Horizons Reading Challenge a great way to support the Horizons Program, it is also a wonderful way to get your child excited about reading. Your participation will provide a platform for concrete discussions with your child about the Horizons program and the children it serves, as well as reinforce the aspect of service so central to the BFS mission.

For additional information about the Horizons Reading Challenge, as well as signing-up for participation, please go to or stop by the information table in the lobby during morning drop-off, the week of January 23 – 27. Parents who participated in the Reading Challenge last year will be there to share their experiences