This year more than ever, the Hannah Project's Freedom School is needed to provide students with a crucial summer learning experience. The achievement gap between students of color and white students is persistent and pernicious and is likely to increase even further given the current situation requiring distance learning. The Hannah Project's Freedom School is the summer school program in Marin City and we need your help to ensure that every student who wants to attend, is offered a spot.
In its 10th year, the Hannah Project's Freedom School provides an impactful, literacy-based summer experience for students of color that is steeped in providing them with a rich and culturally responsive educational experience while empowering their sense of voice. The program is based in Marin City and is rooted in social justice, building upon the idea that children can make a difference, both in themselves and in their world.
The six-week program, open to all low-income Marin County children, is run by the Hannah Project, who works closely with its local partner organizations, the Sausalito-Marin City School District, The Boys and Girls Club, Play Marin, The Community Services District, and Bridge the Gap to ensure that all local children have access to summer opportunities. The Hannah Freedom School is made up of five essential components:
· High-Quality Academic and Character-Building Enrichment
· Parent and Family Involvement
· Civic Engagement and Social Action
· Intergenerational Servant Leadership Development
· Nutrition, Health, and Mental Health
The Hannah Freedom School is equal parts academic achievement and personal empowerment, with students learning to love reading, gaining an average of 1 ½ grade levels during the last year’s six week program.
Freedom School teachers are college students and recent college grads called Servant Leader Interns. Of the 20+ college students who have worked at the Hannah Freedom School, eight of them are pursuing careers as teachers or educational administrators—creating a much-needed pipeline of educational professionals of color.
This year, the Hannah Freedom School is dedicated to providing approximately 150 students in grades K-8 with a rich, culturally relevant summer experience. Given the unknowns regarding Covid-19, Hannah is exploring options to be sure to be able to offer the program this summer.* Join us today to ensure that our local students are able to participate in this powerful and effective program. All donations are tax-deductible.
Help us close the gap so that every student can participate in the Freedom School this year!
$1,500 sponsors a student scholar, while also providing college students with meaningful summer employment. Donations of any level will help reach our goal of ensuring that every eligible child is able to attend the Hannah Children's Defense Fund Freedom School this summer.
$1,500--sponsor a scholar
$500--sponsor afternoon enrichment activities
$250--sponsor a week's costs for one scholar
Visit the Hannah Freedom School Website Here.
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