Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program
June 26 - August 4, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program is designed specifically for elementary students who are currently enrolled in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in Evanston’s District 65. Our Summer Enrichment Camp is a six-week summer program focused on literacy and creative arts. This free program will include small classes; breakfast, lunch, and a snack; field trips; and a lot of fun! The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.
Classes are held in the 5th Ward of Evanston, and students receive two meals and a snack each day. This year, eight college/seminary students have received training to serve as servant leader interns for the program, which is grounded in a model curriculum that includes five essential components:
- High quality academic enrichment
- Parent and family involvement
- Civic engagement and social action
- Intergenerational leadership development
- Nutrition, health and mental health
Summer 2017 Details
This Summer's program dates are weekdays beginning Monday, June 26, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program will be closed on July 4. Given that the program often has a waiting list, daily attendance throughout the summer is an expectation of the program. If accepted into the program, participants will receive the date for orientation as well as the required weekly parent meetings.
Applications are due by May 1, 2017 and space is limited. You can download the application by clicking the button below. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and you are encouraged to apply early.
Completed applications can be mailed to:
Dr. Virginia Lee
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60201
About the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program®
The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® program seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer and after-school reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps – and is a key part of CDF’s work to ensure a level playing field for all children. In partnership with local congregations, schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and secure juvenile justice facilities the CDF Freedom Schools program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, increases self-esteem and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. Since 1995, more than 135,000 preK-12 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience and more than 18,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained by CDF to deliver this empowering model. You can learn more about the CDF Freedom Schools program and the Children's Defense Fund at http://www.childrensdefense.org.