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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 Leah Aguilar at [email protected].

Fellas & Fiction

Fellas and Fiction first Tuesday of the MonthA pretty simple concept is driving a new community reading program at Lakota for boys in grades 1-6: 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.

"Fellas & Fiction" is part of Lakota’s continuing efforts to promote early literacy. All elementary boys are invited to a West Chester barber shop 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.

Literacy at the Laundromat

literacy at the laundromatAnother 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)


Story Time with a Lakota Principal

story time with a lakota principalAs part of its ongoing efforts to build community support around early literacy, Lakota's early childhood and elementary principals will take turns hosting “Story Time with a Lakota Principal” this school year.

Each month, Lakota students are invited the Midpointe LIbrary in the Foundry at Liberty Center. From 6 - 7 p.m., students can hear a Lakota principal share one of his or her favorite stories. Students are also encouraged to bring a book to exchange for another book they may take home with them. Click here to view upcoming events.