Freedom School

February 11, 2014

It’s that freedom schooltime again – time for Freedom School!!!  Summer learning, good books, Harambee, cheers and chants, field trips, afternoon activities, and more!

The QC Family Tree site for Freedom School will be at Caldwell Presbyterian this year: 1609 E. 5th St

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School® programs are summer literacy and character building programs led by college student interns with the purpose of defeating summer learning loss and giving every child an opportunity to succeed.  Four consecutive years of data show that approximately 90% of scholars in Charlotte Freedom Schools maintain or gain in their reading ability while participating in the summer program.  In addition to strengthening their literacy skills, scholars develop character strengths important for making good life decisions and connect to a broader community that believes in them.  This year, there will be 19 Freedom School sites in Charlotte serving a total of 1200 scholars.  THANK YOU for inspiring these bright young people with your love of reading.

Whether you want to come on your own or with a friend or group and whether you have a morning, afternoon, or evening to give, there is an opportunity for you!

Please take a look at the volunteer opportunities below and find what works for you!  Once you’ve determined how you’d like to volunteer, you may go to the Freedom School Volunteer Sign Up page to create a volunteer profile and sign up for your particular volunteer interest.

Here’s the link to QC Family Tree’s Freedom School Volunteer Sign Up page-   http://qcfamilytree.freedomschoolpartners.volunteerhub.com/events/index

We hope to hear back from you and see you soon.

One-Time Opportunities

Site Set-Up – June 16-17: Help Interns as they get their classrooms ready for the scholars to arrive! Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade & older; middle school students can be accompanied by an adult. Time Requirement: As available.

 

Jubilee – Friday, July 24: Celebrate summer learning with ALL our scholars at this special event!  Individuals and groups welcome.  Volunteers help set up, guide scholars to their places, serve lunch, and enjoy the fun.  Set-up help is also needed on Thursday, July 10.  Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade & older.  Time Requirement: 9:45am-2:00pm. Email helms@qcfamilytree.org if you are interested in helping with Jubilee.

 

Field Days – July 13-15 (or 15-17): Make possible a morning of outdoor games and relays for hundreds of scholars!  Great for individuals or groups.  Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade & older; middle school students can be accompanied by an adult.  Time Requirement: 9:00am-12:00pm. Email helms@qcfamilytree.org if you are interested in helping with field days.

 

Finales – July 29:  Help with the end-of-Freedom School celebration for families.  Set up, welcome families, enjoy the presentation, & clean up.  Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade & older; middle school students can be accompanied by an adult. Time Requirement: 3-4 hours (start ~ 9am). Email helms@qcfamilytree.org if you are interested in helping with The Family Tree Finale.

 

Ongoing Summer Opportunities

Visit Harambee: Harambee is a high-energy pep rally that begins every day of Freedom School with a celebration of reading, learning, and every child’s ability to succeed.  Harambee begins right after breakfast (at 8:30 or 8:45 depending on the site) and lasts for 30 minutes.  Come join us for this inspiring time of songs, dance, cheers and chants, and story time.  It’s the best way you could start off your day.  Age Requirement: None.  Time Requirement: 30 minutes (8:30-9am)

Harambee Reader:  Harambee is a high-energy pep rally that begins every day of Freedom School with a celebration of reading, learning, and every child’s ability to succeed.  Harambee begins right after breakfast and lasts for 30 minutes.  Come join us for this inpsiring time of songs, dance, cheers & chants, and story time.  If you volunteer to read aloud for Harambee, you will be reading a children’s book of your choosing to our 50 Freedom School scholars.  It’s the best way you could start of your day.  Time requirement:  30 minutes (8:30-9:00 am)  Click here to Sign Up to Read Aloud at Harambee.

On-Site Afternoon Activity Leader: Share a skill, hobby, or interest with scholars in a hands-on way.  E.g. sports clinic, yoga, craft activity, cooking, etc.  Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade & older. Time Requirement: 1-2 hours (1:00-2:45pm) Monday-Friday  Click here to Sign Up as an On-Site Activity Leader.

Field Trip Chaperone: Accompany staff and scholars on field trips to local museums, parks, pools, etc.  Volunteer pays for own entrance ticket if applicable and provides own transportation.  Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade and older.  Time Requirement: 1-2 hours (Typically 1:00-2:45pm) Dates and locations vary by site.  Click here to Sign Up to be a Field Trip Chaperone.

Supply Shopper: Shop for specific materials for curriculum activities.  We provide a new shopping list each week for 6 weeks of summer.  Sign up for one or more weeks.  Reimbursement available.  Age Requirement: 18+ Time Requirement: 2-3 hours/week Weekly, June 9-July 25.  Click here to Sign Up to be a supply shopper.

Parent Meeting Support: Parents of Freedom School scholars are invited to several informational Parent Meetings during the summer.  Help welcome, serve dinner, provide childcare, and clean up.  We appreciate any way that you can support so that interns are free to attend to the parents.  Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade & older; middle school students can be accompanied by an adult. Time Requirement: 2-3 hours/meeting (5:45-8pm) Dates and locations vary by site. Email helms@qcfamilytree.org if you are interested in helping with parent meetings.

Informational Session for Parents: There are several opportunities to share an informational session or workshop with parents during 30-45 minutes at a Parent Meeting.  Give us a call if you or your organization have some useful knowledge to share!  Age Requirement: 18+ Time Requirement: 2 hours Selected dates, 6-8pm

Sponsor a meal:  We hope to find sponsors who will prepare and serve breakfast and lunch, daily, to our scholars.  You may choose to be a one-time-only meal sponsor or multiple meals on multiple days.  Breakfast is served at the site from 8:00-8:30am.  Lunch is served from 12:00-12:30pm at the site.  Age Requirement: 18+ Time Requirement: 1.5 hours, M-F, 7:45-8:45pm/11:45am-12:45pm

Collect donations- Freedom School requires all sorts of art supplies, snacks, and recycled materials.  Click here to see a list of items to collect.  

Have a wonderful summer!