Freedom School Summer Program Comes to Flagler Schools

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:25pm

Flagler Schools is proud to announce a partnership with Bethune Cookman University and the community organization Inspire Our Youth, to bring the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Summer Program to Flagler County. The six-week program is open to students currently in grades 4-8 and there is room for 10 students per grade level. Arnold Anderson helped organize the Inspire Our Youth “A-Game” camp last year, a community led opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills and get a head start on their next school year.  The success of this program led directly to the current partnership that will offer this nationally recognized program.  He says that first year exceeded their expectations. “We recognized not only did the students benefit from it, but the families benefited from it. We started parenting groups as the school year progressed.”

The CDF Freedom School program has several goals. These include: increasing reading abilities, create a positive demonstration of character development, strengthen family-school connections, build strong relationships with interns (5 interns from Bethune Cookman University will help with the camp), and increase community partnerships and sponsorships.

The program will be held at Buddy Taylor Middle School from June 14-July 26. The hours are 8am-2pm and bus transportation is provided. Breakfast and lunch is also provided, free of charge. If you’d like additional information, contact the guidance department at your school or contact Dr. Phyllis Pearson at (386) 437-7526 ext. 2101.