March 8, 2017
Holocaust Survivor Makes History Come Alive for Ahwatukee High School Students
Oskar Knoblauch, a 91 year old Holocaust Survivor, spoke to students at Horizon Honors Secondary School in Ahwatukee on his life and lessons learned earlier today. "What a wonderful opportunity for our children and staff to experience this primary source of history that no textbook or teacher could replace," said Horizon Honors Secondary School Principal Cynthia Shaheen.
More information about Oskar Knoblauch is available at http://www.voiceoftolerance.com/about-oskar.html.
March 6, 2017
Horizon Honors Relay for Life Raises Over $21,000
Horizon Honors High School Student Council hosted their 2nd annual Relay for Life event on Friday, March 3 from 5:15 p.m. to midnight on the Horizon Community Learning Center Field. Relay for Life is an organized, late night community fundraising walk. Teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie. There are over 150 participants and a committee of only 12 students has organized all activities.
- During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track.
- The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, so we can remember people we have lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer.
- Joey Vitagliano, a Horizon Honors High School student, and his band "Joe Vito and the Calamari Kids" will play a set for the participants at 6:30 p.m. His website - https://joevitomusic.com/
- Horizon Honors High School teacher David VItagliano will play a set for participants at 9 p.m. Website - https://squiddog.net/home
Website for the event, complete with up-to-minute fundraising totals, is at - http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY16GW?pg=entry&fr_id=77160
March 3, 2017
Around Our Schools: Horizon Honors Secondary School
Students in Grades 7-8 participated in the Great Kindness Challenge last week, an innovative bully prevention initiative where students do as many kind acts as possible, choosing from a 50-item checklist. This positive, proactive and powerful week mobilized students worldwide to create schools that are respectful, safe, compassionate and kind. In addition to all students receiving a 50-item kindness checklist and doing as many kind acts as possible, the school hosted a poster contest, spirit days, a kindness chain craft, and rewards for kindness.