Nia Cultural Center would be honored if you’d accept our invitation to be a read aloud guest for the Nia Cultural Center’s Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School during our morning Harambee! from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays on a day of your choice from June 18 to July 26 — except June 19 and July 4 — at Weis Middle School, 7100 Stewart Road, in Galveston.

Freedom Schools is a model program that provides summer enrichment through a curriculum that supports children and families. Freedom Schools across the country boost student motivation to read, generate more positive attitudes toward learning, and connect the needs of children and families to the resources of their community.

The Read Aloud is a part of the “Harambee,” which is a Swahili word that means “Let’s pull together.” At Freedom School, it is a time of informal sharing where students and staff come together to celebrate themselves and each other. It energizes everyone and creates a positive atmosphere.

Guests from the community are invited to come and read to the students and to demonstrate to them that reading is important to everyone and that they can make a difference.

You are free to bring a book or select one from our resource library.

Please let us know which weekday between June 18 and July 27 that you will be available to honor the Freedom School scholars. Please select a preferred date and two alternate dates during that period, except June 19 and July 4. As always, our theme is “I Can Make a Difference.”

• Week 1 — June 17, 18, 20 or 21, “I Can Make a Difference in My Self.”

• Week 2 — June 24- 28, “I Can Make a Difference in my Family.”

• Week 3 — July 1,2, 3 or 5, “I Can Make a Difference in my Community.”

• Week 4 — July 8- 12, “I Can Make a Difference in my Country.”

• Week 5 — July 15- 19, “I Can Make a Difference in my World.”

• Week 6 — July 22- 26, “I Can Make a Difference With Hope, Education and Action.”

Guest column

Sue Johnson is executive director of Nia Cultural Center.

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