Leadership Announcements for 2024

Welcome Tamara Greene as Executive Director & welcome back Dr. Tracy Bailey as National Director!

Sharing the joy of reading and so much more.

“Once you learn to read, you are forever free.” Frederick Douglass

Our Mission

To improve reading skills in low-income communities by providing one-to-one literacy tutoring, free books for home libraries, and an inspiring, high-energy learning environment.

Our Vision

The vision of Freedom Readers Inc. is to interrupt the cycle of poverty by providing opportunities for children to develop advanced literacy skills that will improve their academic performance and increase long-term career prospects.

“Children who read well by grade three are more likely to graduate from high school.” Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Designed to support parents and caregivers who are concerned about their child’s progress in literacy, this virtual 6-8 week service is offered in addition to the after school and summer literacy program and Advanced Placement Prep program we already offer.

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Summer 2024 Session Update

After a great deal of analysis and discussion of the recent development of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the leadership team and Board has decided to pause our K-5th grade After School Program and Advanced Placement Prep Program for middle school students.

Therefore, there will be no weekly meetings of any of our teams for the 2021 fall session. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to be able to return safely to in-person programming in January 2022.

Although our usual offerings will be on hiatus, we will not be suspending our service to the community. Instead of weekly team meetings, Freedom Readers will continue to offer our virtual service to our current scholars and other interested families.

The Reading Lab offers caregivers the opportunity to have their child’s reading assessed, receive a personalized prescription for improvement and follow up with tutoring from a trained Freedom Readers volunteer.

Summer 2024 Session

Week of June 17th through Week of July 22nd

Waccamaw Library

Thursdays @ 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

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MIO Center (Sponsored by the Horry County Pearls, Inc.)

Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

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New Directions

Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

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St. John AME

Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

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Piney Grove Baptist in Andrews

Tuesdays @ 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

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Chesterfield Missionary Baptist Church

Thursdays @ 10:15 am-11:45 am

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Bay Pointe Apartments

Wednesdays @ 10:00 am-11:30 am

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Your involvement makes the difference.

Volunteer adult tutors are trained in the skills needed to work effectively at keeping young scholars interested, motivated, and having fun as they learn.

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Now available! Forever Free, a book by Freedom Readers CEO Tracy Swinton Bailey, PhD.

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“[An] inspirational account… Bailey doesn’t hold back in criticizing systemic inequalities in public schools and society at large, but her optimism shines through. Educators, parents, and school administrators will want to take a look.” — Publishers Weekly

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Dr. Bailey bids farewell, for now, to Freedom Readers

Freedom Readers, Inc. announces that effective July 28, 2023, founder and CEO Tracy Bailey, PhD will step away from her

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