Best Educational Challenge (2004)

Cole Middle School

During another visit to another school -- Cole Middle School -- earlier this year, Mayor Hickenlooper promised that if the students raised their CSAP scores up from the basement where they've been languishing, the city would make sure that when those kids were ready to go to college, there would be money available. But first they had to be ready for this spring's tests. So the Denver Public Schools Foundation and DPS organized a massive volunteer tutoring program, and dozens of Denverites volunteered several mornings this winter to help prepare sixth- and seventh-graders -- who themselves turned out in record numbers. And on Saturday mornings!

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