Nothing fancy—just good old fashion, one-on-one, hard work.


I peeked through the door, looked down the hallway and witnessed a sight that fills me with joy.

Small tables. Two chairs at each. Occupied.

Each “make-shift” station held a student and an adult volunteer—hunched over a text book, focused on the material at hand, quietly dialoging—absorbed in the process of learning. I never tire of witnessing this kind of event.  

It’s UrbanPromise Summer School 2021. Needed this year more than ever. Nothing fancy—just good old fashion, one-on-one, hard work. 

“Some of our students lost significant academic ground this past year,” revealed Terry Bullock, our elementary school principal. “Our hope is to get them back on track. It’s patient work. It’s happening. Little victories each day.”

Getting students back to grade level is no easy task. There’s no computer chip to make up the loss, no fancy video series, no magic bullets. It’s a process of moving backwards before moving forward. It’s mobilizing enough caring adults to give our young people the kind of individualized attention needed to reclaim lost ground.

That’s why school is happening in our hallways and classrooms this summer. Alphabets, time tables, pronouns and sentence structure—whatever is needed to get our students to the next mile marker—is being reviewed and mastered.

This is what UrbanPromise does best. We’re a mission driven community, willing to travel the extra mile, ensuring no child is left behind.

None of this happens without you—our partners. Once again, your generous support is allowing this important work to continue.

Grateful always—

Bruce Main
Founder & President

PS. Check out the short video to get a glimpse of summer school: