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2022 Schedule and Calendar

June 8 - July 15

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Monday, May 23 | 5 - 7pm
Family Night | Program Orientation

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Wednesday, June 8: Freedom School Starts

Friday, July 15: Closing Celebration at Noon

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Ross CDF Freedom School Daily Schedule

8:00-8:30 A.M. / Breakfast with Scholars and Staff

8:30-9:00 A.M. / "Harambee!"

What is “Harambee!”?
This is how we start each and every day! Harambee! is a Kiswahili word that means “let’s pull together.” To ensure that every child has a fair start, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools start the day with informal sharing when children, staff, parents, and members of the community come together to celebrate themselves and others. Components: Read Aloud / Motivational Songs / Cheers & Chants / Recognitions / Moment of Silence / Announcements 

9:00-10:30 A.M. / Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC)*

Reading, Conflict Resolution, Social Action

10:30-10:45 A.M. / Morning Break

10:45-11:45 A.M. / Integrated Reading Curriculum (Part 2)*

11:45-12:00 P.M. / D.E.A.R. Time

Drop Everything and Read: a time everyone takes to enjoy reading a book of their choosing. Both children and adults select from the diverse Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School classroom libraries.

12:00-1:00 P.M. / Lunch with Scholars

1:00- 3:00 P.M. / Afternoon Activities

Each afternoon offers fun projects and activities - including art, music, theater, and fitness; plus experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math. The afternoon schedule also includes weekly field trips to several local and regional venues.

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Monday, May 23, 5 - 7pm
Family Night | Freedom School Orientation

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2022 Calendar: June & July

Details coming soon...

June
July

June 8 / FREEDOM SCHOOL STARTS

June 13 Family Night / 3-5pm

June 20 Family Night / 3-5pm

July 1 Family Night / 3-5pm

July 15 / FREEDOM SCHOOL CLOSING CELEBRATION AT NOON

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*What is the Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC)?

The IRC recognizes that fewer than 10% of children’s books published in the United States are about non-white children. Therefore, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) brings together a group of outstanding authors and illustrators each year to select from a diverse body of children’s literature/books that celebrate and nurture multiple identities and cultures.

A distinguished group of historians and scholars reviews and recommends books used in CDF Freedom Schools to ensure that children read only those containing accurate narratives of history. Servant Leader Interns lead the children in reading several excellent children’s books throughout the summer. These books feature heroes, heroines, and settings that reflect the children’s own cultural images and histories. 

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FREEDOM SCHOOL CONTACTS
Dr. Janet Isbell, Executive Director
jisbell@tntech.edu 
931-372-3824
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Dr. Amber Spears,
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aspears@tntech.edu 
931-372-6265

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