60% of our children in East Tennessee are

NOT READING ON GRADE LEVEL.

That is a Cry For HELP!

East Tennessee Freedom Schools heard the cry for help and have been serving children and families since 2017.

Our Mission

We leverage literacy with a diverse community of children to:

(1) reduce summer learning loss, 

(2) increase their love of learning, and          

(3) develop thoughtful and engaged citizens…one neighborhood at a time.                                 

The East Tennessee Freedom Schools implements the Children’s Defense Fund's (CDF) Freedom Schools® program that seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation, and world today. By providing six-weeks of summer reading enrichment for children who might not otherwise have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools® program plays a much-needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.

We are three sites strong now! We have two sites in Knox County and one in Blount County. Our scholars grow their reading abilities, continue to develop healthy character traits, and gain real-world practice in civic engagement.

We serve to develop better readers, better leaders, and better citizens.

We appreciate your support!!

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East Tennessee Freedom Schools

by East Tennessee Freedom Schools


60% of our children in East Tennessee are

NOT READING ON GRADE LEVEL.

That is a Cry For HELP!

East Tennessee Freedom Schools heard the cry for help and have been serving children and families since 2017.

Our Mission

We leverage literacy with a diverse community of children to:

(1) reduce summer learning loss, 

(2) increase their love of learning, and          

(3) develop thoughtful and engaged citizens…one neighborhood at a time.                                 

The East Tennessee Freedom Schools implements the Children’s Defense Fund's (CDF) Freedom Schools® program that seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation, and world today. By providing six-weeks of summer reading enrichment for children who might not otherwise have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools® program plays a much-needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.

We are three sites strong now! We have two sites in Knox County and one in Blount County. Our scholars grow their reading abilities, continue to develop healthy character traits, and gain real-world practice in civic engagement.

We serve to develop better readers, better leaders, and better citizens.

We appreciate your support!!