Follow Us: | |

CIS CDF Freedom School 2022!


Serving rising 3rd to 8th grade students 

June 13 – July 22, 2022 

8:00 a.m. –  3:15 p.m.

This summer, we’re excited to be serving another 100 scholars! The program is open to rising 3rd to 8th grade students that attend New Hanover County public schools that have an end date before our start. 

APPLY NOW: Freedom School Applications are available in both English and Spanish.


Completed applications may be emailed to or delivered by hand or mail to 1102 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

The program is filled on a first come, first serve basis. Parents will be contacted by May 27, 2022 with a decision on their child’s application. 


We’re also looking for community members to join us as a guest for each morning’s Read Aloud Session. Sign up to be a Read Aloud Volunteer Here.





About Freedom School

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

Through the CDF Freedom Schools model, we empower our youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, 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 one 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 CIS CDF 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.



Current Partners Include: