James Lawson Freedom School

Implemented in partnership with the Children's Defense Fund, The Jim Lawson Freedom School provides children and youth grades K-12 within the Allentown School District with a unique educational opportunity to interrupt summer learning loss experienced by many inner city children. The school provides summer enrichment through a research based and multicultural curriculum that support children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, and nutrition, health and mental health. The school boosts student motivation to read, generates positive attitudes towards learning, and connects the needs of the children and families to the resources of their communities.

Delivered as a six week summer initiative that partners mission appropriate college level interns (referred to as Servant Leaders) with students (referred to as Scholars) the school operates annually from July to August, Monday through Friday (8am to 3pm) and provides children with free books, nutritious meals, educational field trips and an opportunity to learn about the significance of the American Civil Rights Movement.

The Jim Lawson Freedom School fosters an environment that support children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, country, and world.

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Resurrected Life Community Church children and youth tribute dance to The James Lawson Freedom School


Pastor Edwards introducing the James Lawson Freedom School

Ms. Phyllis Alexander, VP of RCDC

Dr. Gayle Nelson, Site Coordination for The James Lawson Freedom School

The James Lawson Freedom School Servant Leaders, Ana Negron (9th-12th grades) and Marcus Henderson (6th-8th grades)

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- Lawson School Announcement Video

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