CCU Partners with Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative

CCU-Partners-with-colorado-reads-the-early-literacy-initiativeFrom now until February 14, 2014 you have the chance to partner with Colorado Christian University, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and the state governor’s office for Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative.

Partners KLOVE and Youth for Christ will support CCU in serving as a book drive drop site until February 14, 2014. Colorado Christian University hopes to collect over 5,000 new or gently used books throughout the campaign. Books donated at the CCU drop site will contribute the ultimate goal of distributing at least 25,000 books to low-income families in Colorado.

“This is a natural program for us as a University,” said Ashton Lynch, CCU’s assistant director for Admissions of Market Relations. “It’s a great way for us to partner with the community, and to live out our values as a faith-based university.”

The Colorado Reads Initiative was spearheaded by Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, born out of a desire to respond to Colorado’s growing poverty rates. With over 100,000 kids living in poverty, Colorado currently ranks second amongst states with the fastest rates of poverty growth in the country.

Gov. Hickenlooper explains, “We know reading success is a key indicator of both current and future academic success. This plan incorporates statewide feedback calling for the entire community, from families to schools to businesses, to support childhood literacy. Working together, we can make a difference.”

One of the best predictors for high school graduation and career success is third-grade reading level. Currently, one out of two Colorado children from low-income families read below third grade reading levels. Data also shows children from middle or upper income families can have listening vocabularies up to six times larger than children of lower income families.

“We’re responding to this with both current and prospective students,” states Lynch. “We’ll be encouraging students who preview the school to bring books for donation. And current students will be sorting the thousands of books into age-appropriate categories. Combined with Youth for Christ, which is mobilizing students in area high schools, and advertisements on KLOVE, we expect a strong turnout.”

Please visit CCU’s Main Campus at 8787 W. Alameda Avenue in Lakewood and bring a new or gently used books to contribute to the campaign. Items may be places at the POD drop-off site near the main entrance. The POD will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours donations can be dropped off in a bin at the CCU Welcome Center.  Please call 800.44.FAITH for any additional information.