Anabel and her daughter Sonia were one of the new kindergarten families that joined us for Summer 2017. In just six weeks Sonia blossomed from a quiet, timid student to an enthusiastic participant who jumped right into the pool and actively shared her ideas during classroom discussions and projects. Anabel volunteered in a number of ways to support the program, from joining us on field trips to sharing her family’s story as a panelist during Horizons Visitor’s Day.
A native of the Mission District herself, Anabel and her husband had been raising Sonia in El Salvador since she was an infant. In 2016, Anabel and Sonia moved back to San Francisco so that Sonia could receive a better public education, and Sonia’s dad was not immediately able to join them. Now a single parent, Anabel was pursuing her goal of becoming a teacher while looking for a program to support Sonia’s academic, social, and emotional development beyond the school year. Horizons was the perfect fit.
Like all parents, Anabel wanted Sonia to have access to inspiring educational opportunities and a caring, supportive learning environment. Anabel remembers looking at Horizons’ posts on social media with tears streaming down her face at the thought that Sonia could be a part of a long-term program that nurtures her curiosity, creativity, and sense of what’s possible. Grateful that Sonia got a spot, she only wishes that other deserving children could also participate in Horizons.
Horizons at SFFS exceeded Anabel's expectations. Sonia’s English improved in leaps and bounds. She studied live animals in science, tried new moves in dance, learned to swim at Mission Pool, and wrote in both English and Spanish. She and Anabel feel a strong sense of connection with Horizons’ friendly staff and the program’s other committed, welcoming students and families. And that was only Sonia’s first summer!
“I like Horizons because we go swimming and the teachers play with us and help us. I like making new friends, and I want to come back next summer!”
— Sonia, Age 6