Colorado Christian University is partnering with the state governor’s
office for the Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative. Along with
KLOVE and Youth for Christ, CCU will host a book drive drop site until
February 14. The school will be a main drop point for new or gently used
books, and hopes to gather over 5,000 as part of a larger campaign to
distribute 25,000 books to low-income families.
“This is a
natural program for us as a University,” said Ashton Lynch, 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
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. The state has the
second fastest rate of poverty growth in the nation, and over 100,000
kids are already living in poverty.
“We want to get these
students reading,” explained Lynch. “And I think a comprehensive
approach – with CCU, KLOVE, Youth for Christ, and the lieutenant
governor’s office – is exactly what these kids need.”
One of the
best predictors for high school graduation and career success is
third-grade reading level. Currently, one out of two children from
low-income families in Colorado are behind in third grade.
data show that a child from a middle or upper income family can have a
listening vocabulary six times larger than a child from a low-income
“We’re responding to this with both current and
prospective students,” said 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.”
those interested in participating, new or gently used books can be
brought to the POD drop-off site near the main entrance of CCU’s campus
at 8787 W. Alameda Avenue in Lakewood. 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.