Michael Walden wrote -I am running this race for Practice Makes Perfect where I am Chairman. Practice Makes Perfect is a summer enrichment program with w proven near-peer model that supports students in grades K-8. Practice Makes Perfect addresses inequities in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods over the summer. Research has found that two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Students from low-income areas lose between 2.5 to 3.5 months of academic learning each summer, while their affluent peers are making academic gains.