Start Small: How ‘Blocks Of Hope’ Thinks They Can Improve Student Success

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Photo: Chalkbeat Colorado Blocks of Hope Tutor
A Blocks of Hope volunteer works with a Tennyson Knolls student during an afternoon tutoring session.

Start small. Really small. That's how "Blocks of Hope" hopes to help kids in poverty succeed in the classroom -- by focusing on a 2.5 square mile section Northwest of Denver. It's modeled after something called The Harlem Children's Zone in New York City.

Reporter Ann Schimke wrote about its first full year for Chalkbeat Colorado. She spoke to Host Nathan Heffel.