Bridging inequality in education

Bridging inequality in education

Coronavirus highlights inequality in education. During quarantine, school has been moved to online learning. I am a sixth-grader from Aspen Country Day School. I have been researching and interviewing people about inequality in education for a project. I chose inequality in education because I read about the struggles of providing education in some places during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Lower-income communities have been hit harder during the pandemic because students don’t always have the resources to do online school. Many families depend on school lunch to feed their children. Not going to school has made it harder for kids to learn because of at-home distractions. Communication between students and teachers is very limited.

Schools have been doing online education, but this can be flawed. Some schools provide devices, but many don’t. Many families don’t have access to devices and the internet, which makes providing education harder. In Colorado, 95% of students have internet but that still leaves 54,000 kids without it. Of this 54,000, two-thirds are Hispanic.

One local nonprofit, Summit 54, is trying to address education inequality. Summit 54 funds Summer Advantage in the Roaring Fork Valley. Summer Advantage provides education, meals and hands-on enrichment activities during the summer for more than 525 less-privileged K-4 students.

At Summer Advantage, 84% of students are Hispanic and 76% of families are English language learners and get free or reduced school lunch. Students who attend Summer Advantage maintain their reading and math skills throughout the summer without the traditional “summer slide.”

My goal is to raise awareness about the impact of inequality in education. One small step I am taking is to help raise money for Summit 54/Summer Advantage. Please help me achieve my goal and donate at

Leila Baker

Aspen Country Day School