ALABAMA BLACK BELT PROJECT DONATES BOOKS TO SCHOOLS IN NEED

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Madison MacLean

The Alabama Black Belt Project is working to give each child living in the Black Belt a book of their own.

In an effort to supplement struggling libraries in the Black Belt, the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development started this special program.  The center donated nearly ten-thousand books this year to fifteen schools in thirteen counties.

These areas are considered some of the poorest and least educated in the country.

“They’re excited because a lot of them say they have some new books to read.  They’re tired of reading the same old books.  We may have some books that they don’t have on their bookshelves.  We may give them duplicate books so that more than one person can be reading a book” said UACED Administrative Coordinator Sally Patton.

Their ultimate goal?  One book for every child living in the Black Belt.  This is the tenth year for the program, and they accept books and donations all year.

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