GALVESTON — Nia Cultural Center Freedom School will join more than 200 Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools sites in 87 cities and 28 states across the country for a National Day of Social Action from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium of KIPP Coastal Elementary School, 721 10th St.

The Nia Cultural Center Freedom School college student leaders, who serve as mentors and teachers for the children enrolled, will host a mock election and children will rally attendees to “Get Out the Vote for Me” in support of early childhood development and learning.

The need for investing in our youngest children is clear:

• A child’s early years are a time of incredibly rapid brain development and lay the foundation for all future development and learning.

• Poor children and others with special needs benefit even more from high-quality early childhood programs.

• Investments in early childhood programs pay off in dollars and cents. For every dollar invested in high quality early childhood, there is a seven to 10 percent gain every year.

The voter education and empowerment event coincides with the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer in which college students across the country traveled to Mississippi to register black voters and educate their children in Freedom Schools. 

The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. 

It was inspired by and modeled after the Freedom Schools established as part of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project 50 years ago.

For information, call 409-771-9015.

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