Date of this Version
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 6, No.2-April 2008 lSSN: 1541-6224
Although Lyn McNaught retired in 2004 after more than thirty-five years as a teacher and Director of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, her legacy of community service remains with her successors and the benefactors who continue to support the growing Horizons educational programs in New Canaan, Connecticut, and around the United States. Horizons was originally designed as an all-day, summer, academic program for disadvantaged city children living in Fairfield County, but it has now expanded to year-round enrichment programs for children through the eighth grade and a high school program that helps Horizons graduates as they prepare for college or vocational training. It occupies offices donated by the New Canaan Country School, using the school's classrooms and other facilities during the six weeks of summer activities and on Saturdays throughout the school year. Lyn and her small, dedicated staff spent many hours throughout the year in preparation for the Horizons program, hiring teaching staff' members, organizing the morning academic programs, promoting afternoon athletic activities, and planning field trips. Because she believed that every child could benefit and grow in confidence by learning how to swim, Lyn particularly promoted swimming lessons for every Horizons child, and sent buses and cars full of children to many of the private pools around New Canaan loaned to the program. Early on, Lyn raised the funds to build an on-campus swimming pool so that the children could have swimming lessons in the mornings as well as the afternoons. Upon her retirement, the pool, which had been called the Horizons pool, was renamed the McNaught pool to honor Lyn and her husband, Michael, who had long taken care of the pool.