We believe that education is an important building block to a good life. Our work in education begins in a child's youngest days and continues through school and into adulthood. In everything, we strive to ensure that all children and youth achieve their potential by helping the community and its members: enter kindergarten ready to learn; read at grade level by the fourth grade; earn a high school (or equivalent) degree; and lead positive, productive lives.
United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County leads two education coalitions -
the LOU Excel By 5 Coalition and the LOU Reads Coalition - which are working to ensure that every child gets what they need in their early and elementary years to be successful in school and in life.
The LOU Excel By 5 Coalition co-sponsors the Family Resource Center, which is a free lending library of toys and resources open to everyone, and provides newborn packets for every child born at Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi.
Meanwhile, LOU Reads' partners - Boys & Girls Club, Leapfrog and Horizons - as well as our co-convener, the Lafayette County Literacy Council - serve local students with after-school and summer programs, helping those children build critical early reading skills and, just as importantly, fostering a love of learning.
For detailed information about the programs we're funding this year, please click here.
In education, our funded partners for 2015-2016 are: