Our hearts are passionate about serving in the areas of children’s education and those who are food insecure. Our Christmas Eve Offering for this year is exciting! Our donations this Christmas Eve will benefit elementary and middle school-aged children through the Freedom School at LifeWiseSTL.
What is The Freedom School?
The Freedom Schools Program seeks to build strong, literate and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer reading enrichment for children who might not otherwise have access to books, the program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.
What are the daily summer activities during Freedom School?
Every morning begins with Harambee, which includes a read aloud, singing and chanting, announcements and a moment of silence. Scholars spend the next three hours on an integrated reading curriculum. Afternoons include a variety of activities based on scholars’ interests and strengths to enrich and empower them. Typical activities include: visual and performing arts, field trips, fitness, nutrition and cooking, science education, drug and violence prevention education, social action and community service projects, and more. Children also recieve a set of books at the end of the program to take home.
Has the program been successful?
Yes! The children that participated in LifeWiseSTL’s program don’t have ‘summer slide’. Instead of losing a month to three months of reading, 83% of the scholars in Freedom School saw no summer slide and up to a nine month learning gain! The program is impactful and life changing!
With our partnership with LIfeWiseStl and support of Freedom School we can reach more children and have a higher impact on these scholars lives.
Family FUN Night!! Come and join Kyle and Andy in a game of Christmas Trivia. Event starts at 7pm on Facebook Live. See you all there!
Merry Christmas! Time to sing along to some of your favorite Christmas songs. Join Andy Waggoner on Facebook Live Christmas morning at 10am.
December 24th at 3:30pm and 4:30pm outside the CLC. Come and join us for a shortened service ending with Silent Night. While we will have extras, make sure to bring your candles from your Advent box. Thank you for wearing your mask and social distancing.