I served as a site assistant at a Freedom School Site in Charlotte, North Carolina. Freedom School is a literacy-based program serving children in our local commmunity. Each day our scholars receive integrated reading curriculum (IRC), enriching afternoon activities such as field trips, two meals, and a snack prior to going home. As site assistant, I completed necessary paperwork, assisted volunteers and guests, and helped interns and their scholars.
I found out about Freedom School since my local church sponsors Charlotte Freedom School Partners. I researched the program and applied in fall 2014. I served as a level 1 (rising first through third grade) intern summer 2014 and a site assistant summer 2015. I hoped to gain a great learning experience I could later apply as a future teacher.
I gained a sense of community and feeling that I can make a difference. It was challenging not being able to change some of the hardships our scholars faced. I learned how to serve as an educator, mentor, and role model.
This experience makes me a more viable candidate when seeking a job or applying for graduate study since I served children in two different communities and found ways for everyone to come together to learn and find a sense of belonging. This serves a great purpose as I will apply to schools in different areas.