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Freedom School is a six-week literacy-based program in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund. 


The program is open to young scholars attending Title 1 schools in grades K-8 and provides educational instruction, transportation, breakfast, lunch, field trips, afternoon activities, arts and crafts, career information and other educational opportunities and activities during the summer months when public schools are not in session. 

Funding for CNJ to operate its Freedom School site is provided by donations from the CNJ congregation. 

The purpose of Freedom Schools is to address the academic, social, emotional, and other special needs of scholars from Title 1 Schools with the goal of improving their reading scores and eliminating summer learning loss.

Enrollment begins in June. While there is no cost for the program, there is a one-time registration fee for each family and parents are required to complete at least nine volunteer hours during the program. 

Volunteers are needed to serve as site coordinators and interns to teach classes. Interns must have completed at least one year of college and be 19 years of age or older. 

For more information about Freedom Schools or volunteer opportunities, visit or contact Doris Boyd at

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