April 29, 2011
UNC Charlotte is staking its claim to assist at-risk children by serving as the host of a site for a 2010 Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools summer program. Mary Lynne Calhoun, dean of the College of Education, announced the initiative.
“This was a natural chain of events due to longstanding relationships with Freedom School Partners and the rising need in the community,” said Sherell Fuller of the Department of Reading and Elementary Education, who has been named the program’s site coordinator.
The CDF Freedom Schools summer program will serve as a learning tool for UNC Charlotte student interns and summer school students who will work with the children. Fuller said, the location at UNC Charlotte is “an unbelievably valuable resource to give these children access to a college campus.”
The program will run from June 21 to July 30 involving 50 eligible students from Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School and James Martin Middle School. CDF Freedom Schools programs feature a literacy-based learning curriculum that focus on empowering children to reach their full potential.
This addition to the Freedom School Partners was made possible in part by a grant from the Wachovia Wells Foundation. Freedom School Partners provides literacy-rich learning programs integrating reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness. FSP is dedicated to serving at-risk students and families living in poverty in the Carolinas.