In effort to curb summer learning loss, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program identifies as a six-week summer literacy program for students in grades K-12. This study explored the impact of the Freedom School program on 128 middle school students’ reading achievement using Johns (2005) Basic Reading Inventory. Findings support the program’s effectiveness in increasing students’ reading outcomes, as demonstrated in the existent literature, but unlike other studies, data provided for both independent and instructional levels across three fluency indicators. In recognition of heightened state of summer learning loss for students with lack of access to quality enrichment summer programming, the study reveals the program's positive impact and academic outcomes for student participants. Implications for future research that examine longitudinal impacts of the program and the value in utilizing multicultural literature are provided.



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