Lakota Literacy Initiatives

Lakota's Informal Literacy Initiatives

Children can be introduced to a love of reading almost anywhere - at school, at home, even in unexpected places such as a barber shop or laundromat. Below is information about our informal literacy initiatives, all with the focus of instilling a love of reading in our students. For more information about these programs and how you can support them, either with your time or your donation, contact Angie Brown at or (513) 557-8868.

Barber Shop, Books and Boys

A pretty simple concept is driving a new community reading program at Lakota for elementary student boys: Read a book while you get your hair cut. The long-term goal is to build up a small library of books – both for students to read there on site and take home with them.

Part of Lakota’s continuing efforts to promote early literacy, “Barber Shop, Books & Boys” kicked off with a pilot running in two school communities. In partnership with a West Chester barber shop, Lakota is inviting all elementary boys to receive a free haircut, during which they read a book of their choice to other boys waiting their turn. The haircuts, made possible by private donations, are available at X Quisite Cutz off Kingsgate Way.

The last session for this school year has already been held; please check back for dates for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Click on the links below for flyers about this program.
Barber Shop, Books & Boys Flyer (English)
Barber Shop, Books & Boys Flyer (Spanish)

Literacy at the Laundromat

Another innovative informal program is ensuring kids have books to read while waiting at the laundromat. This initiative fosters a love of reading in our Lakota youth and encourages parental involvement and support of schoolwork.

There is a “book section” at Splash & Dash Coin Laundry, located at 7770 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester.  Scholastic Books has donated numerous child-friendly books with a wide variety of themes, suitable for all ages. Through this very informal reading program, students can read a book while waiting on a parent/family member. They are even allowed to take the book home with them if they like.

After they are done with the book, the student writes a one-paragraph summary, has their parent/guardian sign the paper, and then bring it to school where they will receive a small prize.

Literacy at the Laundromat Flyer (English)
Literacy at the Laundromat Flyer (Spanish)