Without continued support during the summer months, the 90 first- and second-grade students taking part in the Afterschool Reading Academy could stand to lose their school-year reading gains. The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs provides funding and logistical support to help our partner schools — Forest View, Lakewood and Watts Elementary — provide a summer bridge for those struggling readers.
For four years, that support took the form of a Duke University CDF Freedom Schools® program held on West Campus. As of 2015, we work with our partner schools to offer their students summer programming that meets their unique needs through models like CDF Freedom Schools®, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), and teacher-created curriculum.
All programs strive to provide an empowering, enriching summer experience that prevents summer learning loss, builds reading comprehension and fosters a love of reading.