IT'S SUMMIT54'S 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
We are proud of the heights we’ve reached supporting education
In 2011, Summit54 was founded by Tony Caine after he summited all 54 of Colorado’s peaks taller than 14,000 feet during one year. His achievement is symbolic of the mission of Summit54 - to help young students reach the peak of their potential and success by providing support and services to overcome obstacles in their path.
Terri Caine, Tony's wife, simultaneously pursued bringing academic and life enrichment programs for elementary-aged children to the Roaring Fork Valley.
Summit54 is grateful to all our supporters who make this work possible.
Due to pandemic learning losses, our programs are now more important than ever.
During the past 10 years, Summit54 has provided support and critical services for thousands of students in Colorado, by bringing both College Track and Summer Advantage to Colorado and by developing year-round tutoring programs during the pandemic.
Summit 54 is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving Colorado's economy and society through effective, efficient and accountable investments in education.
In the Summer of 2021
566 scholars in grades K-6 attended our Summer Advantage program.
84% of scholars
identified Latinx, 14% Caucasian, 1% African American and 1% Other.
77% of Scholars
who applied to attend Summer Advantage qualified for free or reduced-price meals.
SUMMIT54 IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS FROM
BASALT, CARBONDALE, AND GLENWOOD SPRINGS
THANK YOU, ALL OUTSTANDING TEACHERS IN THE LOWER VALLEY
Teachers are a vital part of our community - their passion and dedication to their work have an impact that reaches far beyond their students. Faced with unexpected and unprecedented challenges in the face of a pandemic, teachers have gone above and beyond to serve their students, colleagues, and community.
We are proud to acknowledge some of our true
pandemic heroes – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS in Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs.
Each individual nominated is truly an Outstanding Teacher and each has demonstrated exceptional thoughtfulness and care for students during the pandemic. Winners and all nominees will be announced in a special insert in the Aspen Times and Glenwood Springs Post Independent on Wednesday, May 19th.
that children living in low-income communities who do not have access to high quality summer learning programs historically lose three months of academic skills every summer.
We’re thankful for the overwhelming support
Platinum Level Donors
Fullerton Family Foundation
Melvyn & Bren Simon Charitable Foundation
Roaring Fork Schools
The PEW Charitable Trusts
The Lewis Foundation
It is the second year that my child's scores have increased.
4th Grade Parent
Crystal River Elementary
I saw students start to believe in their ability.
1st Grade Teacher
Because of Summer Advantage my son didn't fall behind over the summer.
2nd Grade Parent
Glenwood Springs Elementary
Summer Advantage offers
invaluable summer learning and enrichment opportunities for students in the Roaring Fork Valley, with special consideration for at-risk students who otherwise would have little access to summer programs.
In addition to the academic and life-enrichment offerings, Summer Advantage provides two nutritious daily meals, daily physical activity, and a low student to teacher ratio ensures students have the attention of caring adults trained as a mentors.
Summer Advantage also provides an access point for weekend food bags, medical and dental care, and other important family services.
Another ancillary benefit of Summer Advantage is that it provides summer employment opportunities for teachers in the Valley who need year-round employment in order to be able to afford to live and teach in Roaring Fork schools.