Implemented in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund, The James Lawson Freedom School provides children and youth in grades K-12 within the Allentown School District a unique educational opportunity to interrupt summer learning loss experienced by many inner-city children.

Delivered as a six-week summer initiative that partners mission appropriate college-level interns (referred to as Servant Leaders) with students (referred to as Scholars), the school operates annually from June to the end of July, Monday through Friday (8am to 1pm), and provides children with free books, nutritious meals, educational field trips, and an opportunity to learn about the significance of the American Civil Rights Movement. Together this boosts student motivation to read, generates positive attitudes toward learning, and connects the needs of the children and families to the resources of their communities.

Watch this short video about Freedom School 2021.  Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools – YouTube

Many of the scenes were shot at our sight and feature our staff and volunteers interacting with the children who attended in our building.

We are currently getting ready for Freedom School to begin.

Our program will run Monday to Friday, June 27—Aug. 5
from 8 AM—1 PM.

Volunteers Needed
follow links for additional information)

Read Aloud Guests:
A read aloud guest is someone who doesn’t usually visit or teach in our classrooms.

Snacks and Final Week Lunches:
We will be providing some daily snacks; breakfast and lunch for the final week.