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Nashville Freedom School scholars from Clark Memorial United Methodist Church visit the Centennial Art Center. Photo by Mike DuBose

Belmont UMC’s Outreach Committee has designated the Nashville Freedom Schools as the recipient for this year’s Lenten offering. The Freedom School is a 6-week summer reading and enrichment program for at-risk children of color in grades K-8.

The Belmont offering will be used to help fund the program in 2020 and to support ongoing expenses of the schools.

The Nashville Freedom School is the local affiliate of the Children’s Defense Fund program by the same name. Freedom Schools are supported by faith-based organizations, private donors and community groups. The Nashville schools began in 2014 and have served more than 300 children. While enrollment is open to all children, the target audience is low-income, public school children who might not otherwise have access to books and educational enrichment programs during the summer, particularly African-American and Latino children from at-risk communities.

College-age interns provide leadership, chaperoning field trips and helping with classroom learning, while high-school-aged interns are given the chance to have job training and working with teams. Over the years, Freedom School scholars have visited Fisk University, city hall, the downtown library and much more.

The outreach committee has set an offering goal of $5,000 and we ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this ministry. Click here give online  or text BELMONT LENT to 73256 on your smartphone.

Photo by Mike DuBose