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Summer school aims for life learning

Freedom program stresses reading, brings community into class

Every morning at the Connexion Freedom School in Somerville, the students are greeted with an enthusiastic “Good morning!” chant before they start harambee, a ritual involving a loud motivational song and dance. Afterward, servant leader interns lead an integrated reading curriculum that blends books and cultural enrichment. Afternoons are available for

activities like making art, taking field trips, or hosting a local “read aloud guest” for a story and a question-and-answer session about their profession.

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