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The Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI) is proud to partner with Bramlett Elementary School and Lafayette Lower Elementary School to offer The LOU Parent Academy to parents of three, four, and five-year-olds in our community.  The LOU Parent Academy is a free program designed to help parents prepare their three, four, and five-year-old children for a successful start in school. Any parents with three, four, and five-year-olds in the LOU Community may participate.  


The program covers a series of kindergarten-readiness topics such as oral language, early reading, math, general development, etc. over the course of the school year, referred to as “modules.” The modules are conducted monthly. Parents will receive hands-on instruction and be given free materials and activities to take home and use with their children to support their learning and development.  Door prizes, meal, and limited childcare will also be provided! It does not matter at which school your child attends/will attend kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year.


The Barksdale Reading Institute was founded in 2000 by Jim and Sally Barksdale, who, after researching the state of education in America, became convinced that reading is the most fundamental skill that every child must master in order to become successful. BRI is designed to significantly improve Mississippi students’ pre-literacy and reading skills.​


We are pleased and honored that Parent Academy will be provided to the LOU Community for the 2020-2021 school year. While LOU families and local schools navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LOU Reads and its collaborators are striving to provide a program that will deliver on Parent Academy’s mission in an environment that is safe for all. Details on scheduling and modules for the 2020-2021 Parent Academy program are coming soon.

For more information about The Parent Academy and/or The Barksdale Reading Institute, please visit

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We work to build a professional learning community of local out-of-school time providers through monthly coffee hours on the third Tuesday of every month, 9:00am to 10:00am. While the meeting commonly takes place in the lobby of The Graduate Hotel in Oxford, recent meetings have been moved online for safe distancing. 

Join us for our next meeting by following the Zoom link below!

Meeting time: March 24, 2021 | 9:00am-10:00am

Meeting ID: 870 6599 7262

Password: 1rV87z


L.O.U. Reads Coalition Meetings


Join us for quarterly meetings to learn ways to get involved in the LOU Community. We focus on school readiness, school attendance, summer learning / out-of-school time, and grade-level reading. There are multiple opportunities to enhance early childhood in our community through volunteering, planning, and promotion. Join us to see how you can get plugged into the LOU Community!

Meetings for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:

August 20, 2020 (completed)

November 19, 2020 (completed)

March 4, 2021 (completed)

May 13, 2021

Meeting time: 4:00pm

Meeting ID: 891 8427 9699

Password: mZ3BKf


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