Chrissy Edwards spoke about her role as director of Horizons Savannah, the local chapter of one of America's best summer learning programs. Each summer, the program welcomes about 150 low-income public elementary and middle school students to a 6-week enrichment program that prevents learning loss that occurs during the summer. The program provides a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, meals and snacks, caring professional teachers, and creative and challenging instructions to improve students' academic, social, and emotional skills.
Jenny Woodruff spoke about her role as education and community engagement director for the Savannah Music Festival. She is especially proud of a new education program that SMF recently launched called Jazz Academy. The first program served 30 students in the 5th grade. Jenny also talked about the larger Musical Explorers program which serves every student in kindergarten through 2nd grade in Chatham County. These programs bring national artists to local students, inspiring and educating them.