“Stepping Into The Future Program”

At Hallett Fundamental Academy in Denver, Colorado

Funding provided by The White Rose Foundation, Incorporated and The Denver Chapter, The Links, Incorporated

An Umbrella Program of The Denver Chapter, The Links, Incorporated

Hallett Fundamental Academy is located in the Park Hill area of Denver and serves a high-risk student population, including a 96% minority rate with 84% of the students receiving free or reduced lunch services. For over three years, members of the Denver Chapter of The Links, Incorporated have been working diligently with the principal, faculty, and students at Hallett to affect a positive change in the experiences and expectations of the 4th and 5th grade students.

The Denver Chapter's "Stepping into the Future" Umbrella Program "Project L.E.A.D.S: High Expectations" (Links Educate, Accommodate, and Develop Students with High Expectations), at Hallett Fundamental Academy, embodies all the "high expectations" required by this community-based outreach program to help students and families. 

The title L.E.A.D.S. reflects The Denver Chapter’s effort to close the academic achievement gap of late elementary students, while responding to their social-emotional needs, encouraging health and fitness, introducing S.T.E.M. related education and career options, and improving their financial literacy. Instilling “High Expectations” in the youth participating in the program is a priority.

This project is an Umbrella Program of The Links, Incorporated.  As an Umbrella Program, it supports by all five programmatic facets of The Links, Incorporated including:  

  • Services to Youth
  • National Trends & Services
  • The Arts
  • Health & Human Services
  • International Trends & Services 



  • Weekly math and reading tutoring and mentoring
  • Journalism and reporting program including the publication of a school newsletter
  • Federal Courthouse eld trip and mock trial
  • Career presentations and roundtable discussions with professionals
  • Healthy eating program and cooking class
  • Art program and exhibit of student art projects
  • Health fair and tracking of key body measurements
  • Creative writing program including the creation of a fairy tale
  • Recreational programs including a full-day ski trip



In 2010-2011, Hallett was rated “red” by Denver Public Schools and was facing possible closure due to low test scores. Today, Hallett Fundamental Academy has a “green” rating, and was recognized as a top 10 school for improvement in test scores and academic growth on state tests. In 2013, the Principal was honored as "Principal of the Year" and the 5th grade teachers recognized as "Extraordinary Teachers" because Hallett 5th graders (our primary target group) have shown exceptional academic growth over the past 3 years.



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