This year, Project Pumpkin is partnering with the Freedom School to fundraise for their 2022 summer curriculum. The Freedom School is a national, non-profit initiative run by the Children’s Defense Fund. In the summer of 2019, on Wake Forest’ campus, the Freedom School hosted third through eighth graders for the months of June and July, providing free-meals, energetic group sessions and a reading-based summer curriculum. Serving over 100 children and partnering with Campus Kitchin, the Freedom School embodies the Wake Forest spirit of ‘Pro Humanitate’ reaching out into the community. In an effort to be more sustainable and create an impact far beyond simply Halloween this year, Project Pumpkin aims to raise $5,000 for the Freedom School, allowing for potentially more students and covering half of their costs.
Freedom School chair, Dr. Parker Moore has noted that, “Students who spend time on campus can see themselves going to college in the future.” This program provides children with a model for continued education through the summer and a fun, positive experience on a college campus. Project Pumpkin’s efforts will allow for more students to have this experience as your contributions pay for teachers, books, school supplies and everything else that creates an excellent summer experience for these students.