Daniels Fund grant allows Parents Challenge to expand educational support to students, families

Parents Challenge will expand the number of students from families in financial need it serves in the Pikes Peak Region in the coming year through a $100,000 grant announced today from the Daniels Fund.

We are excited to announce that $25,000 of the award requires Parents Challenge to raise matching funds to be dedicated for our grants and scholarships to low-income families. The Daniels Fund will match any donation up to $25,000, doubling the impact of your gift. Please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking on the “Donate Now” button.

“Since our founding, we have empowered the parents of 2,000 students from low-income families in the Pikes Peak region to choose the school they think will best provide a quality education that will allow them to succeed in school and in life,” explained Steve Schuck, founder of Parents Challenge. “Thanks to the Daniels Fund, we will be able to help even more families next year.”

Parents Challenge empowers low-income parents with financial and informational resources to choose the best option for their children — be it public, private, charter, or home school. The program currently serves 200 students from 106 families in the Pikes Peak Region.

Parents Challenge partners with parents who are required to attend empowerment sessions that provide mentoring in subjects they request, be active in their child’s education, and submit reports on their child’s academic and social progress. Parents or guardians are in exchange provided with a $2,000 scholarship (to send their child to a private school) or up to a $1,000 grant (for tutoring or supplemental resources for those who choose public school options).

Students are expected to outperform the proficiency rates of their low-income peers, achieve high attendance rates, volunteer in their communities, take part in extra-curricular activities, and graduate from high school.

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative.

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