Ashe Selected for LAPCS Little Free Library
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) selected Arthur Ashe to launch their Little Free Library initiative. LAPCS has joined the Louisiana Department of Education’s call to action to provide literacy resources to school communities and is doing so through this initiative. LAPCS is teaming up with ThriveKids of Children’s Hospital and unCommon Construction to build Little Free Libraries throughout New Orleans.
The initiative kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 14th at Ashe, where the FirstLine and its Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) team were joined by State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley, Representative Royce Duplessis, District 93, Dr. Amanda Jackson, Primary Care Medical Director, Children’s Hospital, Aaron Frumin, unCommon Construction and Caroline Roemer, Executive Director of LAPCS.
During the event, Superintendent Brumley and Dr. Jackson read to a group of 3rd graders before heading out to the ESYNOLA garden for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. During the ceremony, guests heard from Caroline Roemer, Executive Director of LAPCS on the importance of literacy and her lifelong love of reading, inspired by her father, former Governor Buddy Roemer.
The Little Free Library is filled with books to ignite the love of reading throughout the Arthur Ashe school and neighborhood and is located in the garden area of our Edible Schoolyard on Gardena Drive. The library will provide students, families, and neighbors access to books with a focus on K-3rd grade literacy.
The next time you are near Ashe, we encourage you to select a book, read, enjoy the garden, and return it to a LAPCS Little Free Library near you.