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Got any used books to help an Alabama youngster?


If you have any used books around the house, then the University of Alabama wants to talk to you. UA’s Center for Economic Development is launching its seventeenth annual book donation drive for Black Belt schools. The Center is asking donors to drop off books at one of thirteen locations around the Tuscaloosa campus. These donations will end up in the hands of students in one of the thirteen counties in Alabama’s Black Belt. Erin Hackenmueller is with the Center. She says this effort fits into the mission of her organization…

“One of our goals is to be put resources into the hands of communities that will help them grow and thrive. And a sign of a thriving community is a strong education system,” she said.

There’s an estimated thirty thousand children enrolled in schools in this region. And that’s how many books the center wants to collect. Hackenmueller says Hackenmueller says one specific need is for books to help students prepare to the take Act test they need before entering college.

“Education and literacy, is a crucial part…a crucial indicator of graduation rates. And we think every child deserve have access to a good education and quality books, said Hackenmueller.”

UA’s Center for Economic Development says donated books can be dropped off at ...

Honors Hall, Carmichael Hall, Wade Hall, Autherine Lucy Hall, the Reese Phifer Hall rotunda, Tuomey Hall, Pi Beta Phi sorority house, the Blackburn Institute office and the Student Government Association office.

Donors can also bring books to off-campus donation boxes at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, United Way of West Alabama, Alberta Baptist Church and The House Tuscaloosa at the Stillman College Student Center. Additionally, donors can drop off books at UACED located 621 Greensboro Avenue, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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