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ReadBAMARead is a non-profit organization that was formed within weeks of the devastating April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that not only ripped through the heart of Tuscaloosa and surrounding cities, but also completely devastated local school libraries. The mission of ReadBAMARead is simply to replace more than 280,000 school library books that were destroyed by the tornado.

Rebuilding Tuscaloosa school libraries one book at a time


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Alabama Gymnastics Academic Achievement Night

ReadBAMARead Set to Donate Books to Local Elementary School

ReadBAMARead will donate $1,000 worth of books to the elementary school that has the most students, teachers and staff that sign in at their table prior to the Alabama Gymnastics vs. Arkansas meet on Friday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – On Friday, during the No. 4 Alabama gymnastics team’s Academic Achievement meet vs. the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks, the elementary school that has the most students, teachers and staff sign in at the ReadBAMARead table in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum will win $1,000 worth of books for their library.

Knowing that the earlier a child becomes immersed in reading, the more expansive their educational horizons are, The University of Alabama College of Education, through the Belser-Parton Literacy Center, in conjunction with ReadBAMARead and its founders Dana Duckworth and Donna Benjamin, along with the UA Department of Athletics, continues their respective works in the area of education and literacy with The ReadBAMARead Express.

Through this coalition, The ReadBAMARead Express initiative will bring books to the youngest students in Alabama’s school systems, and help ignite an interest in reading that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Friday’s donation from ReadBAMARead is another avenue through which the foundation is helping foster and encourage reading throughout the Tuscaloosa community. It is also in step with the long-time values of the Alabama gymnastics program when it comes to encouraging getting the most out of every educational opportunity.


Library style books cost approximately $15-20 each. Our goal is to raise $150,000 in order to have funds for the libraries to purchase approximately 10,000 books. We want contributors to know that their donations are for a specific need and at the same time they are facilitating the education of the young children that benefit from our foundations gifts.


Our mission is to provide funds for the school libraries that were affected by the April 27th Tuscaloosa tornados to purchase "NEW" library quality books.

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