LifeWise STL seeks to build strong, literate and empowered youth prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world. As such, our organization became a Freedom Schools Program Partner in 2016. By providing this program, LifeWise STL plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.

For Summer 2021 Freedom School Read Aloud, we are offering both in person and virtual volunteer opportunities!

In Person Opportunities

Volunteers will join our scholars for morning activities, which include cheers and chants, a time for quiet reflection, and a read aloud! You are welcome to bring your own age appropriate book/poem/article with you to read, or one can be provided. If you do choose your own, we ask the reading you choose takes no longer than five minutes to read aloud, as this will allow for time for scholars to ask questions.

Please note: All in-person readers MUST submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteers are also required to abide by the guidelines provided here (updated regularly).

Sign Up!
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click one of these links to see our SignUps:
    Samaritan UMC Sign-Up (K-2)
    Maplewood UMC Sign-Up (K-4)
    LifeWise StL Sign-Up (K-4)
    The Connection UMC Sign-Up (K-2)
    Beloved UMC Sign-Up (5-8)
    LifeWise StL Sign Up (HS)
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Click here for more detailed instructions.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually.

Virtual Opportunities

Volunteers will choose a book/poem that is meaningful to them and age-appropriate, record themselves reading the piece, and send it to us at LifeWise to be included each morning as part of our summer program.

Sign Up!
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click one of these links to see our SignUps:
    Virtual K-4 Sign-Up
    Virtual 5-8 Sign-Up
    Virtual HS Sign-Up
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Click here for more detailed instructions.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Richter, Director of Volunteer Engagement & Service Learning, at drichter@lifewisestl.org or 314-627-1233.