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Ready for School
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The Lafayette-Oxford-University
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Our Mission

L.O.U. Reads is a group of local organizations and community leaders dedicated to ensuring all children in the Lafayette-Oxford-University (L.O.U.) community read proficiently by the end of third grade. The coalition focuses its collective energy and expertise on four main areas: school readiness, out-of-school time opportunities, attendance, and targeted efforts to promote grade-level reading. Below you will find resources for the summer!

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Other events/info:

July 15-19: National Summer Learning Week. For more info, click here.

July 23: Summer Literacy Bus Stop Community Market

Old Armory Pavilion, 1801 University Ave. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Make sure to check out a free summer reading packet:​​

Our Team


Cara Buffington

Director of Early Childhood Reading Development

(662) 234-3541, ext. 71418

Natalie Barry

School Readiness Coordinator

(662)-234-3541 | ext. 71434



Tools for parents, educators, and childcare providers


Learning to Read

Learn more about our ongoing projects and initiatives


Children in School Bus

Upcoming events and how you can get involved

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