GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools offer assistance and literacy development through the school system's homeless and transitional services.
Forty-five students completed the six week literacy program called Freedom School Thursday.
Coordinated with Greensboro College, the students complete activities based on the books they read with the help of eight teachers and coordinators.
Guilford County Support Services Director Vernice Thomas said Freedom School is one of many programs offered to the 2,271 students who use their homeless and transitional services.
"So what we try to do is make sure that we give and provide them with some sense of consistency that can then create some sense of normalcy as they struggle through different things in their lives," Thomas said. "Once we build hope in the minds of young people they can persevere."
Working alongside the school social workers, transportation, clothing, books and housing options are offered to create consistency and academic success.