The Office of Student Life partnered with Laundry Luv to read to children at an Abilene laundromat.
It’s in hopes that soon student volunteers will be reading to kids at Laundry Luv on 3202 N. 1st Street.
Laundry Luv’s reading program is through a non-profit reading organization, Too Small to Fail, stationed in New York City. According to its website, “Too Small to Fail is partnering with the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) to engage families through 5,000 laundromats across the country to support children’s early brain and language development.”
Laundry Luv embraced this program and decided to make ACU a part of the mission.
“We found out about it because of the Laundry Luv owners saying they wanted to work with a local college to do this and they specifically mentioned ACU as someone for the non-profit to reach out to,” said Dr. Scott McDowell, vice president for student life.
The hope is this event will occur routinely. McDowell said, “The hope is to have a regular two to three hour block every Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon,” because this is the busiest time for families at laundromats.
Since the partnership is still in its beginning phase, no student volunteers are lined up, but ACU students who are interested in volunteering can reach out to the president of the Inter-Social Club Council, Mikaela Clinton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our hope is that these story times can also become helpful ways for student volunteers to make meaningful connections with families,” said Jane Park Woo, director of Too Small to Fail.