OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Freedom Schools - Austin
Welcome Table's Freedom Schools fosters a passion for reading, the wonder of science, and a love of learning among underserved, elementary-aged scholars in East Austin. With the Children’s Defense Fund’s proven model, Freedom Schools brings its unique enrichment program to the organization’s scholars and their working-poor families, so that they can avoid learning loss, build self-confidence as scholars and citizens, and close the achievement gap that too often leads to school dropout.
Welcome Table will use this grant to institute immediate family support mechanisms to bolster at-home and online learning. The funds will also help provide Freedom Schools’ proven enrichment this summer and throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
The Impact Austin grant helped Welcome Table pivot quickly when they needed to switch to virtual programming due to the pandemic in 2020 and then pivot again when the community asked them to return to in-person in 2021.
The funds assisted in the purchase of tablets for all scholars to use throughout the school year - assisting 23 families, totaling 40 scholars.