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History

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Our history? It started in 1993.

And it started with one child.

Her name was Chanel. She was in first grade at Hallett Elementary in Denver. And she was a struggling reader.

Hallett’s principal lamented to a volunteer at the school that he wished there was money available for a summer school program to help Chanel and others like her.

That volunteer was Cyndi Kahn. In her typical fashion, she decided to do something.

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So she raised some money, rounded up two teachers, and set up a summer literacy tutoring program to help Chanel and 19 other students at Hallett.
The program was so successful that Cyndi and many, many others – most in the Park Hill community – decided that the program should not only continue, but expand.

The next year, the summer learning program served 511 children, and Summer Scholars was born. The organization was incorporated and granted its non-profit certification (501 (c) 3) that same year.

In 2000, Summer Scholars added an after-school program, and continued to expand its school sites beyond Park Hill and northeast Denver.

Today, as we begin a new chapter with a new name, we estimate that we have served nearly 30,000 students – helping them to increase their academic achievement and build an invaluable belief in themselves.