The LOU Reads Coalition is a group of local organizations and community leaders dedicated to ensuring that all children in our community can proficiently read by the end of the third grade. Coalition members focus their collective energy and expertise on four main areas: school readiness, attendance, out-of-school time opportunities, and targeted efforts to promote grade level reading. The LOU community's efforts to receive certification from Excel By 5 as a child-friendly community fall under the umbrella of LOU Reads and its goal to ensure all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed in school as well as life. Additional coalition goals include increasing the percentage of children who miss fewer than ten days of school on an annual basis, minimizing summer learning loss as well as increasing participation in quality out-of-school time programs, and improving supports so as to increase the percentage of students who end the school year as proficient readers.
United Way is the fiscal agent for the LOU Reads Coalition and our community's school readiness efforts are guided by the statewide non-profit Excel By 5, which certified the LOU community as child-friendly in spring 2013! Our community is always looking for volunteers to support early childhood education initiatives.