This video comes courtesy of Agape CDF Freedom School Project Director, Pamela Teresa Morgan, who writes:
Just completed Freedom School. For those of you whom I have spoken with in the last 6 months, the video should show you what I was talking about. For those I haven’t spoken to within that time, the last 8 weeks of what started 6 months ago, have been the most intense work I have ever done.
For 6 weeks, 55 scholars (5-12 yrs), 6 teachers (19-30yrs), 1 site coordinator (30/40 something), parents, volunteers, daily guest readers, Friday field trips, breakfast and lunch served everyday, bruises bandaged and hurt feelings addressed, disagreements mediated, noses wiped, but more chants and cheers, singing and dancing, laughing and playing, reading and creating, listening and learning.
It was fantastic, terrific, great! Check it out for yourself. Peace-Pamela
From Our Weekly:
Summer literacy programs keep kids on track
The Culver City Freedom School recently held a celebration to commemorate its last day of the summer literacy program, which teaches children the love of reading by using creative storytelling, social action, and high parental involvement.
The program also stresses the importance of civic engagement, and teaches children aspects of their history that, most do not receive as a part of their regular curriculum.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has been very involved with the freedom schools, and is in support of their diligent efforts to improve the lives of youth in the community.
“I have been thrilled to visit each of the Freedom School programs in the county this summer. I have watched kids become excited and inspired through reading and interactions with one another in a structure that was created by famed educator Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). People who believe inner city children are not capable of reading and comprehending material at or above their grade level need to see the success of the Freedom School program right here in our community,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.
Grace United Freedom School Finale – August 7, 2010
Agape Freedom School Celebration – August 6, 2010
United Methodist Church Freedom School Visit – August 5, 2010
The National Urban League today publicly endorsed Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ efforts to reform the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), calling for a federal investigation into the two Departments.
At the urging of Blair Taylor, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial forwarded a letter of support to US Attorney General Eric C. Holder, urging the Department of Justice to begin criminal and civil investigations into the two County Departments.
“I applaud your leadership on the issue of juvenile justice reform and civil rights. We support your efforts to secure an investigation into the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education,” Morial wrote in his letter to the US Attorney.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas applauded the National Urban League’s endorsement of his call for a federal investigation as part of his efforts to protect the youth in the Probation system and restore public confidence in the Departments.
Photo: Trustee John Mack, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial at the National Urban League Convention in Washington, D.C.