At Shalom Park, the site supported by the Jewish community’s various institutions, scholars entered to the rhythm of a banging drum and interns shouting “Good morning” and “Buenos Dias.” Inside, they chowed down on Fruit Loops, a breakfast served amid the buzz of anticipation. Asked what he loves about Freedom School, nine-year-old Jafet answered a question with a question. “Can you get seconds?” The answer, of course, was “Yes!”
At Christ Lutheran Church, the day started with Freedom School’s signature
(“Let's pull together” in Swahili), the rally and reading time that blows the roof off the place. “How you feelin’ Freedom School?” the scholars were asked, answering as one: “Terrific!” Church Director of Outreach Amy Daniels read “The Girls Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can.” The book’s subtitle captures the Freedom School message: “The true story of a little girl who made an impossible dream achievable.” The words to the Freedom School anthem are displayed on classroom walls, even if the returning scholars know it by heart: “Something Inside So Strong…”
At Sedgefield Middle School, the site sponsored by Myers Park United Methodist Church, scholars in Grades 3-5 took the long way around to find their classroom (this is a big school!). Once seated, they answered as one – “FIELD TRIPS!” – when asked what they loved most about Freedom School. But amid the chorus of responses, one scholar’s answer resonated on Opening Day 2018: “When you do something at Freedom School, it makes you stronger.”
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