A pilot program for children from low-income families will send 50 third-grade kids to a free six-week summer camp at Stony Brook University, according to a report published Monday in Newsday.
The program, known as a Freedom School, focuses on reading skills with exposure to science and computers. According to Newsday, it is a program established by the Children's Defense Fund and modeled after the Mississippi Freedom Schools that were established in the 1960s.
"This is such an exciting program, one that has a very strong track record," university president Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said.
The program will bring in 25 kids from the Wyandanch school district and 25 kids from the Longwood school district. The Freedom Schools require at least 90 percent of the students to be at poverty-level characterization.