Businessman Launching Reading Program

by Rick Howlett on December 2, 2009

The owner of west Louisville coffee shop is launching an effort to create an after school program for youngsters who have trouble reading.

James Linton, the owner of Expressions of You Coffeehouse, says he was spurred to action after a 12 year old student to whom he had offered a book told him he couldn’t read.

“What we decided to do was not to wait on anybody else to make a difference in this young person’s life, but to create an after school program right here at small coffee house where we could make a difference in some young people’s lives,” he said.

Linton says he plans to begin the program in January and already has 37 students signed up.

Now he’s looking for volunteer teachers and is raising money for the effort.

More details from James Linton are below

Events like the 5th Annual Poetry Super Slam held at Mastersons Restaurant this Sunday will help raise proceeds to fund the afterschool program. The event, which brought about more than 1,100 residents of Kentuckiana last year, is expected to draw an even bigger crowd because of the economy.

The annual poetry slam is a great event for the city of Louisville, bringing people together under the power of creative expression. The event will be held Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Entry fee for competitors is $20. First place cash prize is $300; Second place, $200; and Third place, $100. Mastersons is located at 830 South 3rd Street in Louisville.

To make donations to this cause, checks can be made payable to the Tandem Initiative/No Limit Ministries, 1800A Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, Kentucky.

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Elayne Marchbanks December 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I would like to volunteer to help teach the students in your reading program at the Expressions of You coffee shop. Location?

Rick Howlett December 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm

It’s at 1800 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard. 584-6886.

Yalonda JD Green December 3, 2009 at 10:31 am

I was on my way to work this morning, and was near tears at the thought of that baby not knowing how to read. I’m a poet & bookworm, so it broke my heart. I want to know more about how to volunteer.

I work with a new non-profit organization for Louisville’s teen girls, Supergirls, Inc. [] and am an instructor at the University of Louisville. I’d love to know how we can help this effort so that I can spread the word to others who are also willing to become involved.

Rick Howlett December 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

You can reach owner James Linton at the Expressions of You Coffeehouse at 584-6886.

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