Tuscaloosa, Lee County offices partner up for Reach Out and Read
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
The Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office and Lee County District Attorney’s Office are partnering with Reach Out and Read-Alabama for a friendly competition with a noble goal: ending illiteracy.
Each office is hosting an online book drive through Nov. 26 to benefit the program.
More than 26,000 children are served every year by five program sites in Tuscaloosa County and two in Lee County.
Donations will be used to purchase books to support families in understanding children’s developmental milestones.
“Education is the great equalizer,” said Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb in a statement. “We want all children and families to have access to the same reading opportunities. Strong families build strong communities.”
Currently, 57 of Alabama’s pediatric practices and clinics serve as ROR-AL program sites in 32 counties.
“We know that reading aloud together, telling stories and sharing books help forge a lasting, meaningful connection between caregiver and child—they create moments that matter,” said ROR-AL Medical Consultant at Bama Pediatrics Sagar Bennuri. “We have always encouraged families to make reading aloud a part of their routine, and have always celebrated the importance of spending time snuggled up close together.”
You can donate to Tuscaloosa County’s effort right here.