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June 1, 2021
Now through June 7, Emmaus House is raising $20,000 to prepare our children for success.

As the summer approaches, concerns are deepening as students may lose up to two months’ worth of learning. This is known as the summer slide, and it accounts for more than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher-income students. For all of these reasons, Emmaus House is overjoyed to resume another summer of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® programming.

After more than a year of virtual learning, their students will once again be on the Emmaus House campus to benefit from all that Freedom School has to offer. The CDF Freedom Schools® program is designed to motivate young scholars to read, build positive attitudes towards learning, and equip them with the educational resources needed to succeed.

Donations will help provide:
– Fellowship, literacy training, social-emotional* learning, and plain old fun to kindergarten through fifth-grade children in Peoplestown and the south side of Atlanta.
– Breakfast, snacks, and lunch to each student. Nourishment is a vital part of the learning experience. We will make sure that children are well-fed so that they can focus on enjoying the summer experience.
– A healthcare assistant on-site each day to take temperatures and address the health concerns of students and teachers. To meet CDC recommendations, students will meet in pods, wear masks, and practice all safety protocols.
*An exciting addition to the curriculum is intentional social-emotional learning led by two licensed school counselors.

In the five years we’ve offered Freedom School at Emmaus House, we’ve seen just how effective the program is. In 2019, 100% of children tested, either maintained or improved their reading ability during the six-week program, and 81% improved.

Invite Your Community To Donate
In addition to making a donation, please invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join in. Sharing the campaign with your community can make a huge impact on our success. To make your own fundraising page, all you have to do is click on “I want to fundraise for this” on the campaign page.

 

About Emmaus House
For over 50 years, Emmaus House has been dedicated to improving the economic and social well-being of the residents of Peoplestown and surrounding South Atlanta neighborhoods. Emmaus House stands for justice and equity, rooted in faith and a deep respect for the dignity of every human being.