By Virginia Martin
If you sometimes wonder how you can bring positive activity to our community in these divisive times, you can do something important: Volunteer at St. Paul’s Freedom School, held this summer from July 17 to August 25 and sponsored by the St. Paul School District and the Children’s Defense Fund. It has enrolled 500 scholars at three sites citywide, one of them at Talented Magnet/Rondo 560 Concordia Avenue. It is held for scholars who just completed kindergarten through eighth grades.
Freedom School seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered scholars prepared to “make a difference” in the world today, boosts motivation to read, increases self-esteem and pride in our neighborhood children’s’ cultural heritage., and has many other positive benefits.
Although the school’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30, Monday through Friday, you can work a flexible schedule, choose your hours, your tasks (reading and math tutors, for example, creating posters, inventorying books, chaperoning on field trips), and the amount of time you want to contribute. You can even help on an occasional late afternoon event.
Dr. Darcel Hill is the executive director and can be reached at 651-744-1259 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The Porchlite is a monthly newsletter and blog that is developed by the SUPC Communications Committee.