, founded by Tony and Terri Caine
, stepped in to help resume the studies after securing a grant from the Mile High United Way Social Innovation Fund three years ago.
"It's really transforming their lives," said Terri Caine, a trustee on Summit 54's board of directors.
The idea is to improve the students' performance and help move them forward for the school year.
That helps their classroom as a whole move ahead, she
Mile High's grant is "research-driven" and requires extensive study of whether the downvalley school program achieved gains in students' academic performance, Caine
An independent research firm will perform the assessment over a five-year period.
"They look at cold, hard data," Caine
Christian and Caine
are eagerly awaiting the results.
A significant number of the students come from families beneath an economic threshold so they are eligible during the school year for free or reduced-price lunches, Caine
Many people in the Aspen area don't realize that a high level of need exists in the lower valley, she
said Summit 54
aims to keep meeting the criteria needed to acquire an annual renewal of its grant from Mile High.