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Spotlight on Horizon Elementary School

Supt. Dr. Jerry Thacker & Board Pres. Chris Riley with Horizon students & teachers
Supt. Dr. Jerry Thacker & Board Pres. Chris Riley with Horizon students & teachers

Horizon Elementary hosted the Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees for their regularly scheduled Board Meeting held last night (Monday, Feb. 24, 2020). Four times each school year, the Board of School Trustees visits a school within the district to "spotlight" a particular program or accomplishment. Horizon hosted the Board's third visit for the 2019-2020 school year. The other schools on this year's visitation list include Prairie Vista and Walt Disney Elementary Schools, as well as Grissom Middle School.


Principal Tressa Decker


Horizon Principal Tressa Decker highlighted various programs at Horizon that show how the school is “Going Above and Beyond” this school year. Principal Decker introduced the Board Members to second grader Olivia Kruyer who is a young philanthropist! Olivia loves reading and has a desire to help others. Olivia raised reads to other children at the YWCA once a month and wanted to help refurbish their reading room, so she started a fundraiser raising more than $5,000. Olivia was featured on WNDU a few times for her fundraising idea.


Third grader Anica Gensic was also introduced to the Board. Anica wrote a book about “How to Handle Anger,” which explains how she and her family use self soothing methods. After reading the book to the Board, she gave Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker a signed copy!


Anica Gensic reads her book to the Board  Anica Gensic gives Dr. Thacker a copy of her book


Next up Principal Decker introduced Horizon’s VEX-IQ Robotics Team which recently won the Regional Championship and next month will be competing at the State Competition at Lucas Oil Stadium! The team coached by Mr. Derrick Fairbotham demonstrated their robots for the Board.


VEX-IQ Robotics Coach Mr. Derrick Fairbotham  Horizon VEX-IQ Robotics Team