Roaring Fork Valley Schools Rewarded for Summer School Programs
KREX News Room
BASALT, Colo.- Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia made a visit to Basalt and Glenwood Springs this morning to present several special awards.
Basalt Elementary school, Basalt Middle School, and Glenwood Springs High School all received the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for the second consecutive year.
The award is given to school's across Colorado that exceed expectations for their student's growth.
One reason these schools are excelling is the recent input of summer education programs throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
"When kids get out of school in the spring, if they don't read at all in the summer they're going to lose a couple of months worth of reading skills," said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. "With a summer reading program, they're actually able to make gains and start the next year better off than they were, and that really has a cumulative effect."
Several schools across Colorado use Summit 54, a non-profit organization that sponsors effective educational programs for schools and community organizations.
Basalt Elementary uses Summer Advantage, a full day summer learning program that provides 5 weeks of additional education.
"They have a proven track record of success elsewhere around the country," said Terri Caine, Co-Founder of Summit 54. "Overall, their kids gain 2-3 months every summer in just a 5 week program."
400 students completed the program last year at Basalt Elementary, where students achieved a 1.7 month gain in math and a 3.7 month gain in reading.
Due to a grant from Mile High United Way, 750 students will be able to participate this summer.
"This money provides half of the money for 500 children in the program," said Caine. "Summit 54 matches that dollar for dollar, and we are now expanding it to include an additional 250 children."
The United Way is using all of the schools they donate to for research the impact summer education programs have on students in an effort to make summer education opportunities available to all children across the country.