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Freedom School

Richmond CDF Freedom School

We are excited to announce this opportunity for our K-5th grade Black students. The West County Freedom School is a free, six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment program to be held Monday, June 14-Friday, July 23, 2021, either virtually or on-site at King Elementary School. The program, sponsored by Easter Hill United Methodist Church, will utilize the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School model and curriculum. All classes will be small groups of ten students or less. Preference will be given to students in the Kennedy family of schools and those receiving free and reduced lunch. Students will receive two nutritious meals and a snack daily, as well as a book each week to keep and help build their home libraries.


Rooted in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement with a transformative vision of education for children, the CDF Freedom Schools program has historically and continues to be a part of the Black Community Crusade for Children®.  The CDF Freedom Schools program encourages scholars to embrace their cultural history and reinforces confidence in their abilities to create positive changes in the world. Freedom School scholars participate in book discussions and social action projects that address fairness, voting rights, and education access. In addition, each year, Freedom Schools scholars across the country unite for a National Day of Social Action.


Freedom School is proven to curb summer learning loss, enhance children’s motivation to read, make them feel good about learning, and increase cultural knowledge and pride. Freedom School scholars engage in a research-based, multicultural Integrated Reading Curriculum that supports them and their families through five essential components: High-quality academic enrichment, Parent and family development, Civic engagement and social action, Intergenerational servant leadership development and Nutrition, health, and mental health.


Students must have completed grades K-5th by June 2021

Parents must commit to attending weekly, virtual parent meetings

Families must commit to providing transportation to and from the in-person program site

Students will be chosen based on school of attendance,  date of application, as well as class openings. 


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