Davidson students serve as servant leader interns for Freedom Schools.

The Freedom Schools program was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and provides summer enrichment experiences for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.

Classes are held at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, and students receive two meals and a snack each day. Each year, six Davidson students receive training to serve as servant leader interns for the program, which is grounded in a model curriculum that includes five essential components:

  • High quality academic enrichment
  • Parent and family involvement
  • Civic engagement and social action
  • Intergenerational leadership development
  • Nutrition, health and mental health.

Through participation in the program, children learn the following:

  • Appreciation and knowledge of one's culture engender self-worth and the ability to live in community with others.
  • Learning communities offer a sense of safety, love, caring, and personal power needed for transformative education.
  • As citizens, children and adults have the power to make a difference in their communities.

Summer 2020 Details

This summer's program dates are weekdays beginning Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 24, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The program will be closed on July 3. Given that the program often has a waiting list, daily attendance throughout the summer is an expectation. If accepted into the program, participants will receive the date for orientation as well as the required weekly parent meetings.

Application Process

To apply to be a part of the program, families of children in kindergarten through 8th grades should complete the online application that will be available on the first Monday in February. The deadline to submit an application is the first Monday in March.

You will be notified in mid-March of the status of your application. Scholars who are returning to the program are given priority, as are siblings of returning scholars, as long as they apply by the application deadline. For all others, admission is available on a first come, first-served basis.