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ACU partners with Clinton Foundation and Laundry Luv to offer reading area

By on November 22, 2019 in Features with 0 Comments

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Abilene Christian University has partnered with the Clinton Foundation’s early childhood initiative, “Too Small to Fail,” to introduce reading spaces at Laundry Luv (Abilene).

The foundation is leading a national public awareness and action campaign called “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” designed to encourage parents to talk, read and sing with their children from birth.

A core strategy has been to meet families where they are in everyday spaces such as grocery stores, diaper banks, bus stops, playgrounds and laundromats. The Clinton Foundation collaborates with the LaundryCares Foundation to offer a safe, fun and engaging place for children and families while they are at the laundromat.

Each reading space has literacy rich materials to support the early brain and language development of children. Each month, 20 new books will be added to the library as well as additional educational materials. Student volunteers from ACU will be available each Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. to read to children.

“Literacy is is one of the most important issues in our country. We have built a dedicated space into our laundromat for children to be able to feel safe, play, and read books,” said Ken Wimberly, Laundry Luv co-founder. “Our partnership with ACU will allow us to provide dedicated time each week where student volunteers will read to children, creating an environment of trust and an excitement for reading.”

The simple act of reading can build children’s vocabulary, prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning. With “Talk, Read, Sing,” laundry time is an opportunity for early learning.

The grand opening of the space will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11a.m. at the Abilene Laundry Luv location, 3202 N. 1st St., Suite A. At the event, guests will hear from Kate Williams, an 8-year-old from Austin, Texas, who authored “Let’s Go On Safari

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