Horizon Vendors Attend Spring Carnival to Make Connections With Students and Families

Horizon Charter Schools hosted a Spring Carnival to welcome the beginning of Spring. The event featured a talent show, games, and many more festivities for students of all ages.

The carnival had a major impact in showcasing our school’s vendors. Horizon’s vendors help provide resources for students and families to develop their educational efforts.

Vendors were invited to showcase their businesses in the carnival’s Vendor Fair.

“Vendors provide support for schools and families,” Center Director of Mathnasium of Granite Bay Lyuba Kreshchuk said. “Schools may not have the flexibility to rebuild a student's foundational gaps, but we do. Parents may not have the time or expertise needed to help their children, but we do.”

Horizon utilizes vendor expertise to enrich students’ learning experience, whether through educational materials, music lessons, art or science/STEM classes, one-on-one learning, and tutoring.

There are over 300 approved vendors available for Horizon students to use for specialized curriculum.

Students can use school funding designated to them to look for approved alternatives for curriculum or school activities.

Kris Cordell, the owner and founder of The Write Journey explains how coming to the Spring Carnival was meant to promote and benefit their business, spreading their services through their displays in the vendor fair.

“While at the Spring Carnival, we were able to connect with parents and answer many types of questions regarding homeschooling,” Cordell said. “Nearly all our instructors have been homeschool parents or students themselves, so we bring a unique and valuable perspective.”

In addition to connecting to new families, other vendors, such as The Write Journey, who holds an emphasis on creative writing, poetry, and short story courses, were able to meet students they’re already working with.

“Since we are a relational business, we came to the Spring Carnival in hopes of connecting with some new families, catching up with current families, and reacquainting with previous families,” Cordell said. “It is always encouraging to see each other again.”

About 45 vendors attended the event, in which some vendors donated prize drawings for students that signed up for the event. Prizes included an electric guitar, discounted driving lesson coupons, a real katana, and an annual membership to a workout program.

Alicia DeVore, the business owner of Create My Garden, was one of the vendors who donated a spring garden course as a prize, commented on what she had done at the fair.

“I set up my booth and shared how to garden with kids by giving them a chance to plant pea seeds to take home,” DeVore said. “I then shared different aspects of my program with parents.”

Horizon strives to build community partnerships with local businesses to increase student opportunities.

Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives Julie Powell at Horizon said, “It is our goal for students to engage in these activities to explore their interested and spark their passions which can lead to creating goals and a path forward toward a fulfilling career.”