ICTIDay2Press-9[1]Horton’s Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering the children of Washington, D.C.,’s Ward 8, was presented with the global toy industry’s ICTI Annual Award for Children’s Charities during a ceremony this afternoon at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Established by ICTI in 2003, the annual award honors a nationally acclaimed, independent charity that has made significant contributions to the advancement of children’s health and wellbeing. The recipient is nominated by the toy association hosting that year’s ICTI annual general meeting and selected from among nonprofit organizations across the host country.

As this year’s meeting host, the U.S. Toy Industry Association nominated Horton’s Kids for its steadfast support and inclusive programming for children in need, including its regular one-on-one tutoring sessions for children in grades pre-K through 6; an older youth program; summer literacy program; monthly field trips and holiday events for children and their parents; and the nutritious meals, school supplies, clothing, and toys that Horton’s Kids provides its participants.

Horton’s Kids was named Best Nonprofit in the 2012 Best of D.C. Readers’ Poll, received the 2011 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, and has hosted First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan at past events.