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2021 CIS Freedom School!


Serving rising 3rd – 8th-grade students 

June 22 – July 31st

@ The International School at Gregory and Williston Middle School

8:30-3:30 Daily

Please email or call 910-777-7397 for registration information and to learn about volunteer opportunities.


Reading is the key to unlocking a child’s unlimited potential.

Through the CDF Freedom Schools model, we will empower our youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, country, and world with hope, education, and action.

Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the CDF Freedom Schools program is a six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment program that enhances children’s motivation to read and makes them feel good about learning. At the same time, the program connects families to the right resources in their communities. Freedom School students engage in a research-based, multicultural Integrated Reading Curriculum that supports them and their families through five essential components:

  1. High-quality academic enrichment
  2. Parent and family development
  3. Civic engagement and social action
  4. Intergenerational servant leadership development
  5. Nutrition, health and mental health

Transportation will be provided by New Hanover County Schools. Students also receive two nutritious meals and a snack daily, as well as a book each week to build their home libraries.

We believe in an intergenerational leadership model. That’s why our program is staffed primarily by college students and recent college graduates, with at most a 10:1 child to adult ratio. As a result, many children and youth make significant gains in reading achievement and don’t experience any summer learning loss.

Be a Part of Bringing the CIS Freedom School to Life!

Your gift of any size can make a difference! $50 could help us provide healthy snacks; $250 could help fund our scholars’ books; while a gift of $75,000 could sponsor next year’s program!

Please email Louise Hicks to discuss all available options, or make your secure donation here.


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