Freedom School

annual7This summer, 240 at-risk children and youth participated in Freedom School, an seven-week full-time summer enrichment program that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

Pre- and post-testing of the children revealed that, on average, their reading levels increased 14 months.

Young scholars participated in high-quality STEM clubs that provided them an in-depth learning experience in an area of interest to them.

Additionally, the children had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences, including interacting with professional guests representing various career paths, visiting museums and science centers, a campus tour of Campbell University, and participating in community service and social action projects.

20160707_101155After School Program

  • Peacemakers offers a free after-school program for 40 neighborhood elementary school students.
  • The program provides homework assistance, individual tutoring on skills that need remedial help, and a snack.
  • It is offered four days a week, two hours per day, during the school year.

Book Parties

  • On the third Saturday of each month, Peacemakers offers free Book Parties to neighborhood children.
  • The kids receive lunch, listen to a read-aloud guest, engage in fun activities, and choose several books they are able to take home and keep.
  • Low-income families generally do not have age-appropriate reading material in the home for the children, and the goal of this program is to build an age-appropriate in-home library of reading material for the child, which will have long-term academic benefits.

Computer Lab

  • Peacemakers features an open-access 14-unit¬† Windows-based computer lab that is open to anyone six days per week.
  • Neighborhood children use the lab to work on school work, while many adults use it to complete online job applications.
  • The lab is also available for recreational use.