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As Grace CDF Freedom Schools® travels to and from the 2011 Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute in Knoxville, TN the Servant Leader Interns, much like our foreparents who participated in the Freedom Rides of 1961, will travel by bus to begin their fight for freedom. This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Freedom Ride, which took place on May 4, 1961. The Freedom Riders of the 1960s traveled by bus to challenge segregation with integrated buses in regions and states that did not allow integrated transportation. Traveling with Grace CDF Freedom Schools® will be Great Expectations CDF Freedom Schools®, Concord Baptist Church CDF Freedom Schools®, and St. Paul's Baptist Church CDF Freedom Schools®. ROCK THE FREEDOM SCHOOL!
About CDF Freedom Schools®
The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components:
1. High Quality Academic Enrichment
2. Parent and Family Involvement
3. Civic Engagement and Social Action
4. Intergenerational leadership development
5. Nutrition, health and mental health.
In partnership with faith institutions, schools, colleges and universities, and community based organizations, the CDF Freedom Schools program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities.
The CDF Freedom Schools model incorporates the totality of the Children's Defense Fund's mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, nation, and world. College age young adults are trained as servant leader interns to deliver the integrated reading curriculum (IRC) and adults are trained as site coordinators and project directors to provide supervision and administrative oversight.