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Help College of Education faculty give at-risk children in Florida’s Big Bend the gift of summer reading

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FSU’s Great Give: April 14-15

FSU’s Great Give, a 36-hour online fundraising campaign, is a chance for FSU alumni, parents, students, staff, faculty, and friends to make a big difference in a small amount of time.

This year, the FSU College of Education will be raising funds for North Florida Freedom Schools (NFFS), where your donation will give at-risk children in Florida’s Big Bend the gift of summer reading. NFFS is a new non-profit, co-founded by College of Education faculty and alumni that will operate two summer programs for low-income students in the Tallahassee area through a partnership with FSU, FAMU, and the Children’s Defense Fund.

Research shows that when K-8 students from low-income households leave school for the summer, they are at-risk of a reading gap. With many single and working parents, low-income students can have fewer opportunities to exercise their reading “muscles”, and when they arrive back to campus in the fall, teachers report many are behind reading level.

To intervene in Leon and Gadsden counties, NFFS will operate two schools of fifty students each this summer. One hundred children from low-income households will receive six weeks of reading fun and education, as well as healthy meals to nurture both mind and body, all at no cost to them. You can learn more about the project on this site or listen to the podcast.

To join FSU, FAMU, and the Children’s Defense Fund in support of this project, please consider a donation during the fifth annual FSU Great Give, which begins on Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m. EDT and continues until 9 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

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