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July 7, 2011
Every morning, for six weeks this summer, 100 kids will step off the school bus at Sedgefield Elementary School to a staff of college students chanting and clapping, "G-O-O-D-M-O-R-N-I-N-G! Good morning! Good morning!" It is just the start of a day that's filled with a unique combination of cheers and chants, and learning. Sedgefield is one of 15 sites in Charlotte that is home to the Children's Defense Fund's Freedom School program. The non-profit summer schools serve poor and minority students who may not have access to educational camps or resources for summer education. All children are at risk of summer learning loss," explained Mary Nell McPherson, who runs Charlotte's program, "but many poor children's parents either don’t know or can’t afford to fill that gap, and so Freedom schools does that."
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