Anniston Laundromat Holds Book Drive For Kids
"Sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children." Washin Coin Laundry and Golden Springs Laundry Company strive to bring Literacy To The Laundromat
"Sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children."
Your local Washin Coin Laundry's need your help to change that.
Until April 12th, 2019 Washin Coin Laundry and Golden Springs Laundry Company will be collecting books for kids and young adults.
"Ensuring that books are available to any child at any time of the year will be a good first step in enhancing the reading achievement of low-income students and an absolutely necessary step in closing the reading achievement gap." (Anne McGill Franzen and Richard Allington)
"For the past number of years kids books have been available at Washin Coin Laundry locations and we have found many of the children pick them up as soon as they enter the store and, in lot of cases, take them home with them." noted Ken Barrett, of Washin Coin Laundry, "Talking to many of our friends and coworkers we found that there are lots of kids books in storage because people don't want to just throw them out".
"Having a healthy supply of these books available at each of our locations means no child needs to leave empty handed", Barrett added, " I love to read and have many books around the house, now I am reading to my grandson and he is trying to turn the pages, you can't do that on a phone. These are the building blocks for his future"
"We have an opportunity to remove one of the major barriers to achieving third-grade literacy," said Allister Chang, of Libraries Without Borders, referring to research that states by the time a child reaches the third grade, his or her literacy level will be a strong predictor of whether or not that child will graduate from high school.
Washin Coin Laundry will be working with local non-profits to distribute the books to the community as well as having a constant supply available at the Laundromats.
What: Kids and Teens books
Where: Your business, church, warehouse, or our store. Talk to your friends and co-workers and gather up all those books you don't need any more.
Why: Get them into the hands of kids in our community.
When: March 20th to April 12th, 2019
How: The books can be dropped off at:
Washin Golden Springs, 1304 Greenbrier Rd Anniston,
Washin Lenlock 5704 Weaver Road (Lenlock) Anniston
Picked up with your laundry order or,
Contact Ken@WashinCoinLaundry.com for Pick Up.
Recently "Wash Time is Talk Time" posters were installed in most of the Washin Coin Laundry locations in Anniston and Oxford. These posters were designed by Too Small To Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation with hints on how to engage your children in learning activities while at the Laundromat. They are printed in both English and Spanish.
Watch for more activities as Washin Coin Laundry's in Anniston and Oxford work with the Laundry Literacy Coalition to promote early literacy.
"We see the importance of meeting people where they're at," said Adam Echelman, executive director of Libraries Without Borders, a nonprofit focused on breaking barriers between underserved communities and access to information. "Why create a whole program in a space people don't recognize and may be inaccessible, when you already have a laundromat where families are waiting," Echelman said.
Any organizations or individuals that want to find out how to be involved please contact Ken@WashinCoinLaundry.com
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