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Freedom School Ministry

Summer Literacy Program for At-Risk Children

Our parish’s Freedom School Ministry hosts 3 weeks of the program held at the Oakhurst STEAM Academy on Monroe Rd -- a summer literacy and character-building program for disadvantaged children staffed by college interns.  We recruit and provide volunteers and raise money to sponsor students.  Learn more about Freedom School here.

Your generosity through the Christmas Giving Tree and our parish tithe are helping partially sponsor some of the children who live in apartments our HOM/SHIP Ministry set up, helping transition their families out of homelessness.  The cost for each child to attend the program is $1500.

Freedom School Volunteer Opportunities at St. Gabriel

Questions?  Contact Ministry Leader Jean Anderson by email
We are hosting the weeks of June 17 - July 3, 2019.
Our partner church, Providence United Methodist, hosts the weeks of July 8 - July 26.

Needed:  Reading Buddies for July 17 DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Event
When?  Wednesday, July 17, 12:45 - 1:45 pm 
What? Be a reading buddy during Freedom School Partners’ city-wide One Great Day of D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read).  Volunteers may stay until 2:15 pm, if desired, for craft time.  
Who?  Adults and teens (grades 10 and up) are welcome.  Grades 6-9 may participate, accompanied by an adult.  
How:  Sign up online here

Needed:  Intern Appreciation Gifts Providers
When?  Items are needed for delivery on June 21, June 28, and July 3.  Pick one week and prepare items anytime in advance.  
What?  Create appreciation items for ~10 teachers (college interns) to be distributed at the end of each of our 3 weeks of Freedom School.  Examples:  a mug filled with candy or cookies with a $5 gift card
Who?  Contact Darby McClatchy by email.

Needed:  Sponsor a Child - any amount helps!  Idea:  Host a lemonade stand!
What? Donate any amount toward sponsoring a child in the 6-week program.  Additional funds will enable participation by more children from our HOM Ministry program (moving  homeless families into apartments).   Idea for youth and teens:  raise money through a lemonade stand!
How?  Contribute online here and put "St. Gabriel” in the site designation box OR send checks (made payable to Freedom School Partners, with "St. Gabriel" in the memo line) to:  Freedom School Partners, PO Box 37363, Charlotte, NC 28237. 

Morning Readers  - all needs are filled
When?  Just one weekday morning June 17 - July 3, for less than 30 minutes, between 8:45 - 9:15 am.
What?  Read a short book to a group at Freedom School. This is a one-time, 30-minute commitment
Who?  Contact Theresa Moritz by email

On-site Activity Leader at Freedom School - this position is filled
When?  One weekday afternoon June 17 - July 3
What?  Share a hobby/skill/passion with a class at Freedom School.  This is a one-time commitment just one afternoon (45 - 90 minutes)
Who?  Contact Jean Anderson by email.

Fundraising Coordinator - this position is filled
When?  Occasionally, fall - winter - spring
What?  Coordinate submitting application for funds to the Tithing Committee; help coordinate the tags for the Angel Tree and plan other fundraising activities
Who?  Contact Jean Anderson by email

Teen Board Member- these positions are filled
When?  Most weekday afternoons June 17 - July 3
What?  High school teens (rising grades 10-12) are needed to help with activities.  
Who?  Contact Jean Anderson by email

Supply Shopper Coordinator - this position is filled
When?  Spring/early summer
What?  Shop for specific materials for the curriculum activities.  A new shopping list is provided each week for our 3 weeks, and supplies are due back the following week.  Shoppers can sign up for one or more weeks.  Reimbursement is available.  (Adults only.)
Who?  Contact Jean Anderson by email

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