Freedom School underway in Ville Platte
By: MICHAEL BORDELON
Freedom School, sponsored by Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), will be held at St. John Baptist Church throughout the month of July, teaching local children and motivating them to want to learn and improve literacy among the population.
On Wednesday, June 25, Rev. Freddie Jack, Police Chief Neal Lartigue, Rotarians Jennifer Vidrine and Donald Bergeron and others were on hand to learn about the program and its goals.
Adrian Counter, site coordinator for CDF, informed those in attendance the Freedom School, which is currently serving 50 children, will run through August 1. The Freedom School Program, according to Counter, is a way to reach out and teach these children learning is fun and anything is possible.
Counter also asked anyone interested to volunteer to read stories to these children during the morning assembly. “We would like to get people to come and read to these students if they can,” she said. Counter added readers should report to the church by 8:30 a.m. to participate in the morning assembly, which runs from 8:30 to 9 a.m. each day. She also asked that any parents interested in helping with the school are more than welcome.
The school will be closed the week of June 30, for the July 4th, holiday and will resume Monday, July 7.