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ST. GEORGE’S FREEDOM SCHOOL 2009. ST. GEORGE’S COMMUNITY CENTER. Site Location: Maupin Elementary School 1312 Catalpa Street Louisville, KY 40211 Program Dates: June 15 th , 2009 –July 24 th 2009 Site Coordinator – Ted Gatlin, Jr. REPORT BACK. LEVEL I – 10 Scholars LEVEL II – 40 Scholars

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St george s community center
ST. GEORGE’S COMMUNITY CENTER

  • Site Location: Maupin Elementary School 1312 Catalpa StreetLouisville, KY 40211

  • Program Dates: June 15th, 2009 –July 24th 2009

  • Site Coordinator – Ted Gatlin, Jr.


Report back
REPORT BACK

  • LEVEL I – 10 Scholars

  • LEVEL II – 40 Scholars

  • LEVEL III – 20 Scholars

  • INTERNS – 8 College Scholars

    Additional Staff:

  • Tankyeka Percentie – Project Director

  • Arthur Cox – Executive Director


Roll call

ROLL CALL!!

PERFECT

ATTENDANCE!

Kanisha Ford – 2nd Yr

Breanya Hogue – 2nd Yr

Breion Harris – 1st Yr

Janol Vinson – 1st Yr

Erica Goins – 3rd Yr

Denisha Oggs – 1st Yr


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ROLL CALL

  • Scholars with Perfect Attendance!!

  • LEVEL ONE – 6

  • LEVEL TWO – 24

  • LEVEL THREE - 14


I have a recognition
I HAVE A RECOGNITION!!!!

  • Our level III classes combined and founded an organization called FNCC –

    Freedom School Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

    They served as the peer mediation arm at our Freedom School they used conflict resolution techniques learn through the Integrated Reading Curriculum to resolve issues with the other classes.

President – LaRon Jackson

President-Elect – Jack Moore

VP – DeWayne Murray

Press Secretary– Phillip Junior

Secretary – LeAndra Gilbert


I have a recognition1
I HAVE A RECOGNITION!!!!

Erica Goins!!

This 3rd year intern, was a great mentor and help to the first and second year interns. In addition, she dressed up as a different character each day and introduced our read-aloud guests. Erica also lead our scholars in the best Finale show in Freedom School history!!!


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I HAVE A RECOGNITION!!

THE V-TEAM!!

The V-Team was made up of high school student and adult volunteers who participated in various ways throughout the summer. They helped interns in classrooms and also helped with afternoon activities. Each of them was completely dedicated as shown by almost 100% attendance!!

The V-Team was lead by our Floater Intern – 2nd yr Intern Victoria Lee

Adult Volunteer: Da’Marion Fleming

High School Students: Alexa, Damon, Kiara, Steven, Darrell


Harambee
HARAMBEE!!

  • We combined with the Indiana Ave Baptist Church Summer Enrichment Program for the first leg of our Social Action Activities. They worked with us on getting the initial signatures for our Petition to our Congresspersons.


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HARAMBEE!!

  • We worked with the community, host school, and Coach Tee’s Fitness Camp during our spirit week to put on a West End Field Day. We invited all the local daycares and child care organizations. We also invited other members of the neighborhood who weren’t already connected to the Freedom School.



Excellence in the in the integrated reading curriculum

EXCELLENCE IN THE IN THE INTEGRATED READING CURRICULUM

At St. George’s Community Center Freedom School, our interns did a great job as a whole with the Integrated Reading Curriculum here are some examples…


Level one
Level One

Book: Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry

Theme: I can make a difference in Myself

Week 1

  • Level one had a pancake party. The intern arranged for some mothers of the students to come and help make pancakes for the class. The parents and scholars discussed why it was the favorite food of the main character.


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Level One

Book: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

Theme: I can Make a difference in my community

Week 3

  • During week 3, the intern had her class make cards for a local nursing home. The book focused on helping others, community support, and appreciating elders. The scholars then went to that local nursing home and personally delivered the cards.



Level two
Level Two

Book: One Hen

Theme: I can make a difference in my country

Week 4

  • For the book One Hen, the Level 2 classes combined to have a marketplace. Scholars were put into a small group and were given the responsibility of coming up with a business with the goal of making the most money. Groups had to also create advertisements for their business in order to get customers to invest. Guests from Volunteers of America were invited to participate as customers.


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Level Two

Book: Jazzy Miz Mozetta

Theme: I can Make a Difference in My Community

Week 3

  • The level 2 classes collaborated during the activity portion of the book. They split the scholars up into dance teams and had a dance competition using different styles of dance, old school and new school.


Level three
Level Three

Book: Keeping the Night Watch

Theme: I can Make a Difference in my Family

Week 2

  • The level Three class combined and had a Family Dinner during their cooperative group activity. They acted out scenarios that might happen between family members. (many students don’t get opportunities to have dinner with their family) After the dinner, they hosted a Freedom School Hallway Dance party with Level 1 and Level 2 in order to show how dancing can bring people together; just like the family in the book.


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Level Three

A Gathering Of Flowers

Theme: I can Make a Difference in my World

Week 5

  • The intern had the students write down some things that were troubling them about themselves or about the world. (this was done while listening to Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”) After writing and debriefing their topics, the scholars put them into helium filled balloons. The scholars then had a balloon release.


Spreading the news
Spreading the News

  • Courier Journal Article

  • We also got interviews and reports on television – NBC Affiliate The Wave and WLKY News


Social action
SOCIAL ACTION!!

  • We decided to conduct our Social Action Activities over 4 different days because we wanted to really send home the idea and the practice of standing up for your community and for what's right. We didn’t want our scholars, parents, or interns to forget that this isn’t just a one day effort. It takes many parts and should be hit in many different ways.


Day one july 10 2009
Day ONEJuly 10, 2009

  • We had a community Field Day. We invited local daycares and neighbors. The only admission was to sign a petition supporting the 3 main points that CDF specified as we engage our community and members of Congress


Day two july 15 2009
Day TWOJuly 15, 2009

  • We had an event called “One Mic, One Heart Many Voices” a which was a town hall meeting about health care. We invited our members of Congress and all members of the community. We used the information and resources provided by CDF and invited all the local news outlets.



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ONE MIC, ONE HEART, MANY VOICES

  • After the Town Hall we marched through our neighborhood with our signs and our cheers so that everyone in our neighborhood knew that we were serious about Healthcare


Day three july 17 2009
DAY THREEJuly 17, 2009

  • After collecting signatures for our petition and letters from scholars, parents, staff members and community supporters, a smaller group of student leaders went to our Senators Offices to deliver them


Day four july 20 2009
Day FOURJuly 20, 2009

  • We took a site Field Trip to our local main Library and had Integrated Reading Curriculum there. After Lunch we marched in the downtown Louisville area so that people outside our community could know what was important to us.


Afternoon activities
Afternoon Activities

  • This year, after funding was cut more than in previous years, at St. George’s Community Center Freedom School, we decided to pull together and use our creativity in order to provide enjoyable and enriching activities for our scholars.


Physical education
Physical Education

  • A very important part of our afternoon was Physical Education. We wanted to be sure that each child had an opportunity to be physical and build energy through structured outdoor activities. We also had a partnership with Coach Tee’s Physical Fitness Camp, which gave us opportunities to work out with and have full scale activities with a program with a real training regimen.


Health and wellness
Health and Wellness

  • In order to drive home the point about healthy choices, we used the resources available to talk to the scholars about eating, hygiene, and physical activities that improve health. We then followed up with parents with information about how they can help their scholars by choosing healthier options for their families.


Cultural diversity
Cultural Diversity

  • Because we believe that its important that our scholars have a knowledge of other cultures, three of our interns spearheaded a Cultural Diversity Class in which they created passports and journals for each student in the program. After having their “passport” students traveled to different countries during the Freedom School Summer. Some of the places they traveled were Japan, Morocco and Central America.

  • The interns provided the scholars with information about the country’s culture and history, they taught them words and phrases from the country’s language, students participated in activities and games that derived form the country and lastly, the students were able to eat authentic cuisine from the country they had studied.




Finale preparation
Finale Preparation

  • Our Finale program was Titled “Music through Time” Two of our interns spearheaded the teaching of African Dance, African and Modern Drumming, 50’s Style Dancing, Modern Dance, Stepping, and poetry performed to music.


Health care
Health Care

  • In addition to the very enjoyable classes we conducted during the afternoons, we also had classes to educate our scholars about the Health Care Crisis in America. Using information gathered personally and also provided by the Children’s Defense Fund National Office, we were able to educate and organize our scholars around the issue.


Field trips

FIELD TRIPS

Swimming, Bowling, Library, Community Trips, etc.


Swimming
Swimming

  • Our site worked with the local park and recreation department so that we could provide swimming for our scholars once a week, every week of programming


Bowling
Bowling

  • Our scholars participated in Bowling twice through the summer. We went to Shively Bowling Alley and there was lots of fun had by all scholars and interns.


Community service trips
Community Service Trips

  • Our Level 3 classes took a field trip to Healthy Place ( a shelter in Louisville) during the week of community. They had a chance to volunteer by unloading trucks and also helping to prepare food for the people who lived there. They also had an opportunity to speak to some of the people who lived there.



Parent involvement and engagement

Parent Involvement and Engagement

Parent Meetings, Parent Participation



Parent involvement
Parent Involvement

  • Whenever we had an event where we invited the community, our parents always came out to help with food and supervision. For that, we are eternally grateful.


Volunteers and special guests

Volunteers and Special Guests

We had guests come to our Freedom School for Harambee, Integrated Reading Curriculum, and other Special Events


Read aloud guests

Read-Aloud Guests

We had the opportunity to have many different visitors to join us for Harambee from Politicians, Reporters, Board Members, Educators, and other members of the Louisville Community



Integrated reading curriculum guests
Integrated Reading Curriculum Guests

  • Volunteers of America – came to participate in our market day for “One Hen”

  • Yolanda DeMaree – U of Louisville employee spoke to Level 2 Classes about Achieving their Dreams for “Coming Home”

  • Mr. Kim – U of Louisville Student talked to Level 2 students about his Asian culture and showed them how to make paper cranes


Other guests
Other Guests

  • Nerrick Fleming – College Student and local DJ spoke with our Level 3 students about making good choices in order to achieve the things they want in life

  • UofL NPHC – Joined our Freedom School for College Day. They discussed the importance of education and giving back to the community. They also did a step demonstration for the scholars!

  • Ms. Raquia – Joined our site for our travel to Morocco. She is a professional belly dancer and was able to educate while enriching the scholars


Thank you
THANK YOU!!

MRS. W.L. LYONS BROWN, SR


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