Courtney Holmes is part of a growing trend of barbers that are getting creative and helping their local children get an education.

A Barber took part in Dubuque's Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park on Saturday to give free haircuts to children who read books to him


While hosting the SIAC College Basketball Tournament, Hot 107.9’s REEC took part in several community events including a Real Men Read Event in Birmingham’s Robinson Elementary School. This event was a great way to bridge the gap between the boys at the school and men of the community and public eye. Participants also included the Chief Of […]


Real Men Read is n initiative to connect male figures of the surrounding community and those of celebrity status with school age children in hopes of sparking their interest in reading and creating a opportunity for the men to become mentors. Over a hundred men showed up ready to read and interact with students this past […]

Your local barbershop probably consists of TVs broadcasting ESPN, animated banter on almost any subject and music to match the vibe of the shop. The…


As we know reading is one of the key factors in a child’s education; and higher literacy test scores have a direct effect on having  legal issues.    We also know that celebrities have the power to create change through influence and action. This  week Hot 107.9’s Reec brought his self written kids book “Ice Gets […]


Hot 107.9 on air personalities Maria More & Reec joined Positive American Youth, and their Anti Bullying mascot, “Ice The Bully” today to read to the youth at Primrose School in Mableton, and River Oaks Day Care. These fun filled events where just two of what will be many stops on an ongoing tour (“Ice […]

Author Kwame Alexander knows the importance of reading comprehension, but he also knows how important it is to relate to children. Alexander founded Book in a…

The literacy rate in America is officially 99%. But before we sit back, open the champagne and pat ourselves on the back, consider this… America has a functional illiteracy rate of 22%. This means that over 44 million American adults cannot do anything more complex than make out certain letters, or spell their name. They […]