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Network for Urban School Renewal hosting Freedom School this summer

Freedom church engages students over the summer so they won't fall behind. (Source: WAFF) Freedom church engages students over the summer so they won't fall behind. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - When school lets out for the summer, kids, especially those in Title One schools, tend to lose some of the knowledge they gained throughout the year.

Freedom School wants to change that.

Freedom School is a nationwide program that serves kids in 102 cities, including Huntsville. This year, the Network for Urban School Renewal teamed up with the Fellowship of Faith Church and First Missionary Baptist Church to sponsor the program.Freedom School strives to help kids fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and create a more positive attitude toward learning.

For 6 weeks this summer, about 50 kids have gathered at the Fellowship of Faith Church to take part in the program. Most are from Title I schools and communities where enrichment programs such as this are rare.

Here in Huntsville, the Network for Urban School Renewal is hosting one of the Freedom Schools this summer.

"The idea is to provide them with culturally rich experiences that really focus onthemselvess," said Executive Director of Huntsville Freedom School, Edward Jones. "They see people who are like them come in and people who have achieved things in the community, so these kids can know that they too can achieve."

"Over the summertime, they're not engaged, so any growth that we may have seen in them at the end of the school year, they lose it," Jones said.

A love of reading is instilled in each and every one of these kids. 

"You know they come and we actually give them a book in their hand that they take home and they are excited about reading that book. They want to read more," Jones said.

The curriculum also centers around civic engagement and social action, so while the kids might be reading, they're also being engaged by holding their own election.

A lot of these kids come from schools with very low test scores, so any knowledge that they lose over the summer, puts them another step back.

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