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The Dream Express will be visiting Hand in Hand Ministries on Saturday, April 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to provide free books for the community. The bus will be parked in the Hand in Hand parking lot (518 N. 26thStreet)– kids and their families are welcome to pick out some books to take home, play games at a picnic table, grab snacks, or learn more about Hand in Hand.
“I think it will bring awareness to who we are (Hand in Hand) and what we are doing here in the community, while also providing a fun and educational resource for families to get a book and learn more about Dream Express as well,” Ridenour said.
The Dream Express is a remodeled bus equipped as a mobile library. The bus has book bins inside filled with donations. Lynette Ward, creator of The Dream Express, had the idea while at a Back-to-School event in Bullitt County. She spent hours reading with the kids and the dream grew from there.
“I talked to my husband David non-stop all the way home about how great it had been to spend time with those kids and how I needed to get more books for future events.”
Originally, Ward sorted books into totes based on reading levels and began taking them to different events to give away. After about a year, Ward received a grant from Staples and used the money to purchase an old church bus. Her husband, David, rebuilt the engine and installed book bins inside. They have been using the bus ever since.
All of Ward’s books are donated and range from pre-school to high school-age books. She also has a few Christian adult books, cookbooks and occasionally magazines.
“Literacy is very important and as a middle school teacher, I know the importance of helping students find value in reading at a young age,” Ward said.
The event will be held rain or shine and visitors can stop by anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
“Every time I take the bus somewhere, I have a wonderful experience and it just feels good to be able to take something I am passionate about and use it to give back to the communities around me,” Ward said.
Open Immersion Trips: Please join us on a life changing journey! These trips are open to the public. Learn more about our immersion trips and how to sign up.
“Explore the Mission” Informational Meetings: Learn more about who we are, what we do and where we serve at this one-hour session. All your questions will be answered! Contact the office. if you are interested.
|February 18-25||Belize: Open Immersion Trip|
|April 8-15||Belize: Open Immersion Trip|
|April 12-15||Appalachia: Open Immersion Trip|
|April 14||Louisville: Open Immersion Trip|
|April 17||Louisville: Open Immersion Trip (FULL)|
|April 19||Louisville: Open Immersion Trip|
|April 19||Explore the Mission Tour: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|April 21||Dream Express Books: Come get a free book! 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.|
|April 24||Explore the Mission Tour: 8:30 – 9:30 am..|
|April 27-29||Appalachia: Open Immersion Trip|
|May 8||Explore the Mission Tour: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.|
|May 23||Explore the Mission Tour: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.|
|May 24||Explore the Mission Tour: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|June 5||Explore the Mission Tour: 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.|
|June 7||Explore the Mission Tour: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|June 12||Explore the Mission Tour: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.|
|June 26||Explore the Mission Tour: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|June 28||Explore the Mission Tour: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|July 1-8||Nicaragua: Open Immersion Trip|
|July 22-29||Belize: Open Immersion Trip|
|July 29||Trivia Night: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Church|
|July 25-28||Appalachia: Open Immersion Trip|
|August 1-4||Appalachia: Open Immersion Trip (FULL)|
|August 22||Meet the Directors: TBD|
|September 13||Give for Good Louisville|
|October TBD||15th Annual Legacy Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.|
|November 1-4||Appalachia: Open Immersion Trip|
|November 18-25||Nicaragua: Open Immersion Trip – Thanksgiving Week|
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