This summer Webster Hills UMC in Webster Groves will begin offering the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® summer literacy program for students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade in coordination with LifeWise StL.


Founded in 1995, 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.


The dynamic curriculum aligns with the Common Core Standards and includes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM education) activities. A 10:1 child-to-teacher ratio keeps the culturally relevant curriculum engaging.

Camp operates from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.; Monday through Friday; for six consecutive weeks from June 20-July 29.


The program is offered at no cost to participants but students must be available to attend for the full six-week period. 


What Happens at Camp:

Every morning begins with Harambee, which includes a read aloud, singing, 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.


The program…

Provides engaging activities that nurture children’s minds, bodies and spirits. Children are introduced to a collection of books that reflect their own images and reinforce the CDF theme "I Can Make a Difference."


Freedom School provides parents with the support and skills they need to help their children succeed. Parents are invited to serve as read aloud guests during Harambee, chaperone field trips, attend educational workshops and more.


Freedom School encourages children not only to explore the problems facing their communities, but also to become active in working toward solutions.


Provides healthy activities and nutritious meals to improve students’ health and promote their physical growth. Breakfast, lunch and snack are served daily.


Registration is open!!

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Address: 698 West Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Phone: 314.961.3164

Text: 314-866-4115