Program Promotes Reading To Huntsville Youth

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The energy was high, the students engaged at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom School in Huntsville, on Wednesday, as Mayor Tommy Battle stopped by to read a classic Dr. Suess book.

Freedom School is a free, 6-week summer program located at University Place Elementary School. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 60 students, grades K-5, are exposed to high quality books and learning activities.

Village of Promise, a local group which partnered with Freedom for the program, said the goal is to get kids excited about reading - and educational achievement - early on.

"This program is primarily to engage kids, to encourage them to have a love of reading, a love of books and a love of ideas that are found in the books," explained Gloria Batts, Co-Founder of Village of Promise.

Village of Promise, founded by Gloria Batts and Bobby Bradley, is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty in the neighborhood bounded by Sparkman Avenue, Pulaski Pike, Oakwood Avenue and Holmes Avenue. The children in this neighborhood are followed from cradle through college and to a sustainable career.

Click the video link above to hear why one child in the program loves it so much.

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