UA wants to put a book in the hands of every child in the Black Belt

Books For The Black Belt

By WVUA23 News Student Reporter Avery Lake

The University of Alabama Center of Economic Development is ensuring students who live in Alabama’s Black Belt have access to a basic learning necessity: Books.

But the center needs help making that possible. To that end, they’re collecting new and gently used books for K-12 students who live in the area.

“Education is really at the heart of a thriving community,” said UACED Branding and Communications Development Manager Erin Hackenmueller. “The ability to read at grade level is a huge indicator of graduation rates, so we believe everyone deserves access to a good education and access to quality books. We want to put a book in the hands of every child in Alabama’s Black Belt. That’s 30,000 children.”

The book drive launches Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 24. After the collection phase is over, UACED will distribute the books to schools in Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.

Donation boxes will be set up around the UA campus so students and faculty can easily donate. Off campus, there are donation boxes at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, United Way of West Alabama, Alberta Baptist Church, The House Tuscaloosa and the Stillman College Student Center.

Last year, the book drive collected more than 10,000 books. The goal this year? More than 30,000.

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