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The Herald Weekly: Literacy a Focus at Freedom Schools

A Davidson student works with a child in the Freedom Schools Literacy program
The Freedom Schools literacy program brings local children together with college students and alumni in the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.

Just across town from the college, Davidson students are leading a summer literacy program designed to empower children and ignite in them a passion for learning.

The Freedom Schools program, based on the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in 1995 to address equity issues within the U.S. education system.

In a piece for "The Huntersville Herald," reporter Carrie Causey highlights the Davidson Freedom School, which is overseen by two Davidson alumnae and held in the Ada Jenkins Center.

In 2005, Davidson College became the first institution of higher education to sponsor a Freedom Schools program. The schools, frequently hosted by churches, have been in the Charlotte region for more than a decade.

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