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Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School

Special thanks to all our generous donors, community volunteers, and local/regional interactive education centers!
The kids had a great summer. Thanks again.

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June 9 - July 20

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The Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School, a CDF Freedom Schools® partner, is a free, six-week literacy and cultural enrichment program for children in grades K-4th/entering 1st-5th qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
Hosted by Tennessee Tech and the College of Education.
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Children engage in an exciting six-weeks of reading/literacy, enrichment activities, field trips, and family experiences.

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All About the Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School

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Thank You Dr. Elinor Ross for Your Legacy Supporting
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

  • 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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