Freedom School 2018

Mon, Jun 18, 2018 - Thu, Jul 26, 2018 | 08:00 am - 02:00 pm

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Freedom School at Pinewood
June 18 – July 26, 2018 


Pinewood Elementary, 805 Seneca Place, Charlotte, NC 28210 


This June begins our fifth year as a sponsoring partner providing Freedom School at Pinewood Elementary. This is a 6-week program for approximately 60 children which provides an intense literacy-based curriculum for the summer. There are many ways for you to help and to promote learning. You can read with a “scholar,” chaperone a field trip, shop for supplies, or lead an afternoon activity. Volunteer opportunities are outlined below. Take a look at your upcoming summer calendar and find some time to help our Pinewood scholars. Returning volunteers may be asked to consent to an updated Child Protection Policy when signing up for their first volunteer activity of the summer. Please volunteer as many times as you would like, once, every week, or even every day.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? We need a lot of volunteers to make this successful. You can help by volunteering! 

VOLUNTEER:  We need volunteers to help: in a classroom, pick up some extra supplies, sponsor an intern, read with a child, play, set up and breakdown the site, and help with the Finale.
Classroom volunteer opportunities are for adults and mature high school students. Younger children can volunteer with a parent who is volunteering. Look at the volunteer opportunities listed below and then click on the “Volunteer for Freedom School Now” to sign up.





Volunteer for Freedom School Now

WHEN YOU OPEN BOOKS, YOU OPEN DOORS.

Freedom School Partners, utilizing curriculum developed by Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools®, promotes the long-term success of children by preventing summer learning loss through igniting a passion for reading and inspiring a love of learning.

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® are summer literacy and character building programs led by college student interns and overseen by Site Coordinators, most often educators themselves, who provide guidance and support to the interns. Freedom School Partners serves K-8 children who most need and yet can least afford summer learning opportunities to avoid falling behind their peers.

A typical Freedom School day:  Watch the video


SPECIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SITE SET UP
June 14-15

Help Interns as they get their classrooms ready for the scholars to arrive! 

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: As Available

FIELD DAYS
July 3, 5-6

Scholars from every site meet at Providence Day School or SportsConnection Northlake for a morning of outdoor games and relays. This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups.

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 9:00a – 12:00 noon

JUBILEE
July 12

Join scholars and staff from all of our sites to help with our city-wide celebration of National Summer Learning Day.

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: Varies | morning and afternoon spaces available

GREAT DAY OF D.E.A.R.
July 18

Partner with a scholar for extended Drop Everything and Read time, followed by a craft activity.

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 1.5 to 2 hours 

SITE FINALE
July 26

Help with the end-of-Freedom School celebration for families. Set up, welcome attendees, enjoy the presentation, and clean up. 

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 3-4 hours 


ONGOING / RECURRING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

D.E.A.R READER

Every day, between 11:30-11:45a, scholars drop everything and read a book of their choice. Volunteers needed to listen to, encourage, affirm, and engage scholars.

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 15-30 minutes | varies by site

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 to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 1-2 hours | Typically 1:00-2:45p | Dates and locations vary by site

HARAMBEE!

Harambee is a high-energy pep rally that begins every day of Freedom School. Every weekday morning a community member reads a story to scholars. It’s the best way to start the day.

Age Requirement: None 

Time Requirement: 30 minutes | 8:30-9:00a 

ON-SITE ACTIVITIES

Lead and 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 to adult | younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 1-2 hours | 1:00-2:45p | Monday-Friday

PARENT MEETING SUPPORT

Scholars and their families are invited to several informational Parent Meetings during the summer. Help welcome, serve dinner, provide childcare, and clean up.

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult |  younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 2-3 hours per meeting | 5:45-8:00p | Dates and locations vary by site 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Accompany a scholar into the book fair and help them choose a book. 

Age Requirement: Rising 10th grade to adult |  younger teens if accompanying an adult volunteer

Time Requirement: 1-2 hours | Dates to be determined


GETTING STARTED
To get started as a volunteer, visit www.freedomschoolpartners.org and click the “How You Can Help” link, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or 704.371.4922 or volunteers@freedomschoolpartners.org

Volunteer for Freedom School Now 


Joe Aldrich 
Associate Minister 
(704) 334-7232 x 113 
jaldrich@myersparkbaptist.org 


Karen Taylor 
Ministry of Outreach Co-Chair 
 fitztaylor@aol.com

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