WHAT IS THIRD BAPTIST FREEDOM SCHOOL?
The Third Baptist Foundation, Inc. Freedom School envisions a community that is transformed through kids and parents who are excited about learning! For six weeks each summer, the Third Baptist Freedom School provides a multi-faceted learning experience for children of all races from under-served communities throughout the Bay Area. Through this program, as many as 75 kids – grades k-12 are served, receiving free daily breakfast and lunch, free weekly field trips, city-wide recognition for participating in a social project and also exposure to performing arts via a Grand Finale Community-wide program. Using the model of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Third Baptist Freedom School offers an innovative approach to education that makes learning fun! With an emphasis on character development, cultural awareness, language arts, and social activism, Freedom School has become for many kids the most exciting and inspiring place of learning.
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FREEDOM SCHOOL?
The hallmark of the Freedom School program is its unique blend of cultural history and celebration inspiring and instilling a healthy sense of self esteem and the importance of good character within the students. This is important as the majority of students served by the program come from social backgrounds that tend to make them feel less than deserving of a quality life. Through the Freedom School, students experience a quality educational experience that takes them through a process of learning that will change how they view themselves and their future forever!
DOES FREEDOM SCHOOL HELP KIDS ACADEMICALLY?
In focusing on the development of their reading, comprehension, and writing skills, students who successfully complete the program will be able to master other subject areas such as science and math. Their ability to read and comprehend will strengthen their problem solving skills as well as enhance their ability to perform scientific experiments. As students become more able in organizing their thoughts and writing coherent and complete sentences, their capacity to think logically and clearly is increased.
WHAT ARE THE INTENDED OUTCOMES?
The TBC CDF Freedom School seeks the following positive outcomes in its students:
Positive learning attitudes by increasing self esteem and cultural awareness
Positive learning habits: by increasing mastery of reading, comprehension and writing as well as exposure to foreign languages.
Positive citizenship: Participation in community service and social action project
Positive social exposure: Museums, symphony, theatre, etc.
Positive parental involvement: Mandatory weekly parent/guardian workshops
“Close your eyes and think about the words summer school. What comes to mind? If you picture a room full of children clapping, chanting, laughing and learning to fall in love with books and reading, you could be imagining the experience thousands of children across the country are about to have over the next few months as they participate in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program.” – Marian Wright Edelman