Lakota Encouraging Literacy Over Summer Break

Lakota Encouraging Literacy Over Summer Break
Posted on 05/26/2017
summer reading

Students may take a break from other school work over the summer months, but they should continue reading,” says Angie Brown, Lakota’s parent and community engagement coordinator. “Reading is one of the foundations of learning and study after study proves that students who enjoy reading do much better academically. Yet over summer, some students may have not have appropriate reading materials readily available.”

That’s where Lakota’s informal literacy initiatives help address the gap, making books available to students outside of the classroom and incorporating parental involvement. “Research shows that one of the easiest ways to improve reading is through time,” Brown states.

In fact, the National Reading Panel reports, “There is ample evidence that one of the major differences between poor and good readers is the difference in the quantity of total time they spend reading.”

Over the summer, Lakota students can participate in reading informal reading opportunities, all designed to inspire families to support and encourage their children, helping instill in them a love of reading.

Thanks to Scholastic Books, which donated child-friendly books covering a wide range of topics, there is now a small library at Splash & Dash Coin Laundry, located at 7770 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester. This “Literacy at the Laundromat” ensures kids have books to read while waiting at the laundromat. Students can read a book while they wait, even opting to take the book home with them to finish. Then, the student writes a brief summary, has a parent or guardian sign the paper and takes it to school where they receive a small prize.

Similar libraries have been established at several other community partners, including Zion Global Ministries, 9180 Cincinnati-Columbus Road and Lakota Pointe Town Homes, 6840 Lakota Pointe Lane, Liberty Township.

Brown adds, “While these informal literacy programs can’t take the place of academic learning, they can help students strengthen their reading skills and keep them attuned to reading over the summer which can help their overall academic success.”

By next fall, Lakota hopes to have 20 or so free book sites throughout the area, all with the purpose of encouraging kids – and their parents – to read.

For more information about these programs, contact Angie Brown at or (513) 557-8868.