New Hanover County Schools


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International School at Gregory Hosts Freedom School

The Communities in School of Cape Fear Freedom School will serve 50 3rd – 8th grade students at the International School at Gregory from June 22nd – July 31st, providing some of our community’s at-risk youth with a much-needed sense of normalcy and structure for 6 weeks this summer, while connecting them to caring adults, trusted relationships, and access to the resources they need. Students will receive two nutritious meals and a snack daily, as well as a book each week to build their home libraries. 
Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the underlying goal of the Freedom School® is to build participants’ self-efficacy, and to help them to gain a deeper understanding of their self-worth, and of how they can make a difference in themselves, their families, their community, their Nation and their world. 
Academically speaking, the Freedom School model is designed to enhance student’s motivation to read and to make them feel good about learning. Students will be placed in reading/grade level appropriate classrooms of no more than 8-9 students each. In these small classrooms, students will engage in a research-based, multicultural Integrated Reading Curriculum that supports them through five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment; parent and family development; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. 
The program will abide by all current CDC, state and local guidelines, working directly with the NHCS safety department, DHHS, and others to put COVID-19 related safety and sanitizing processes and procedures in place, such as ensuring spacing between students, conducting daily health and temperature screenings of both students, staff and volunteers upon arrival, and providing masks. A school nurse will be on-site for the duration of the program and will conduct staff trainings and daily COVID-19 health screenings, in addition to supporting the health and wellness of the students.
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