Logo for Children's Defense Fund. Small boat with words-Dear Lord be good to me the sea is so wide and my boat is so small.
  • What is GCS CDF Freedom School?

    • A free, six-week, literacy-based, summer program of the Children's Defense Fund 
    • Highly-motivated and trained teachers serve as camp counselors
    • For rising first- through third-graders who need a positive, safe, fun, & enriching summer experience.  

    Participants Receive:

    • Transportation
    • Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) which is delivered by the Servant-Leader Interns who are hired locally and trained both locally and nationally
    • Math enrichment
    • Two nutritious meals and a snack
    • Morning Harambee Time, an energetic pep-rally to begin the day which includes a reading by a Community Guest;
    • Afternoon activities including educational and extracurricular field trips, sports and crafts activities, arts and music education to enrich the summer experience
    • Opportunity to promote social justice through service learning
    • Books to enhance their at-home libraries
    • Finale Showcase to share the experience with families and the community

    After attending Freedom School, students return to school with a new excitement about reading, a more positive self-esteem, and improved skills for their everyday living and learning.