The Children’s Defense Fund - Freedom Schools program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes towards learning. Children are taught using a model pedagogy that supports children and families around five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, nutrition, and physical and mental health. Currently enrolled Osseo Area Schools students who have completed any grade K-7 are eligible to apply.
Quick Notes about Freedom Schools
- Freedom Schools is 6 weeks Free Summer Program that focuses on Literacy
- Daily incorporation of STEAM, weekly field trips, and culturally-responsive activities during the afternoon session
- Although, it’s a literacy program and data demonstrates significant growth; it is not a reading intervention program
- Servant Leader Interns (SLI) receive intense training to instruct 1:10 student ratio
- Children of Color greatly benefit from all of the cultural responsive practices, literature, experiences, etc.
- It is not limited to children of color.
The summer program runs from June 18-July 26 at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, Crest View Elementary, and Elm Creek Elementary. Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the program, which is held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (excluding July 4).
Space is limited; families are encouraged to register their child(ren) as soon as possible before the April 13, 2018, deadline.