The Pine Bluff School District (PBSD) announces a new initiative- Freedom Schools. This new program will prevent summer learning loss for 120 at-risk youth from the PBSD. Additionally, through local and state partnerships, it will expose these youth to learning and enrichment opportunities that otherwise may not be possible. Freedom School boasts partnerships with Arkansas State Parks, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and What’s Next Pine Bluff. This program will also employ area college youth, most of which are first-generation college attendees, to provide them with real-work, mentorship, and leadership experience while still enrolled in school.
“It’s a transformational opportunity for the district and scholars of Pine Bluff” -said PBSD Superintendent, Dr. Michael Robinson.
The PBSD’s Freedom School Initiative will operate using the Children’s Defense Fund’s national program model including the relatable and engaging Integrated Reading Curriculum. Participants will also engage in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) through UAPB, Wellness through JRMC, and nature through Arkansas State Parks. This program is unique in that it serves the entire family through parent education and connection to community resources. The PBSD’s Freedom School Initiative will make a difference in the lives of scholars, parents, families, college students, and the Pine Bluff Community.
A press conference will be held at 10 AM, Friday, March 17 in the Pine Bluff Administration Building located 512 S. Main Street in Pine Bluff.