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Jere Whitson Freedom School 2020

We regret to announce that due to the current pandemic, the 2020 Jere Whitson Freedom School has been cancelled.

Although we won’t be able to deliver Freedom School materials, instruction, or activities this summer, the Tennessee Tech College of Education is committed to the children of the Jere Whitson community and is making plans for alternative delivery of books to the children and their families in the coming months.
Any funds donated for the operation of this year’s Freedom School will be carried over to support the 2021 program. We remain committed to the Freedom School model for giving every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life, and we appreciate our partners in this endeavor.

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A Free, Six-Week Literacy & Cultural Enrichment Program

For children currently in grades K-4.

Children engage in an exciting six-weeks of literacy, enrichment
activities, field trips, and family experiences.
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You Can Support OUR Freedom School 

Thank You Dr. Elinor Ross for Your Continued Commitment to
Reading and Literacy Programs for Children in the Upper Cumberland.

  • Program Contacts

    Dr. Janet Isbell, Executive Director | 931-372-3824

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    Dr. Amber Spears, Program Director | 931-372-6265

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    Lettie Collier, Jere Whitson Elementary | 931-526-6575

  • About the Program

    free books for children;

    90 hours of reading over the 6-weeks;

    activities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art, music, dance, and fitness;

    field trips to a variety interactive learning centers, including the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, and more;

    breakfast and lunch provided daily;

    self-esteem and character-building experiences;

    opportunities for parent, family, and community involvement.

  • Freedom School Mission & Vision


    A nation in which the American dream is a reality.


    To leverage literacy with a diverse community of children to:

    reduce summer learning loss;

    increase love of learning;

    develop thoughtful and engaged neighborhood at a time.

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Freedom School 2019

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