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Stephen S Wise's Freedom School!

Stephen S. Wise Temple opened the first Children's Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by a Jewish organization on the West Coast, and only the second nationally. Fifty children from Stanley Mosk Elementary School in Winnetka will attend a six-week program of literacy training, mentorship, and enrichment activities on the Stephen S. Wise campus. The program, in which all costs to fund have been contributed or raised by Stephen S. Wise Temple -- from its members, the community at large, family and charitable foundations, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's office -- will be run and staffed by Stephen S. Wise Temple adult and youth members, other individuals from the Los Angeles community, and Temple members will volunteer their time for various enrichment programs every day. The teachers will be committed college students with a passion for social justice and a love of children. Students in the program will enjoy resources that the Stephen S. Wise Temple campus offers, including beautiful classrooms, open playgrounds, and a pool. In addition, students will take several field trips to cultural sites around the Los Angeles area, including the Skirball Cultural Center and the Getty CenterThe Freedom School program aims to prevent learning loss during the summer while simultaneously providing enrichment activities that foster self confidence and generate a more positive attitude towards learning. In addition, parents are provided with weekly workshops on relevant topics such as parenting skills, financial literacy, etc.
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