Read and Romp – Tuscaloosa will be held Saturday, April 13 at Government Plaza from 9 am to noon. Children will engage in fun, learning-based activities themed around favorite children’s books. Kids will leave the event with goodies they have created from an activity at each station, along with a stamped passport and FREE books.
By associating fun-filled activities with reading, parents will learn ways to engage with their child on the life-long journey of learning at an early age. This level of engagement at a young age will help increase their children’s success in school. While centered on a book theme, each station is staffed by organizations and businesses that are child-focused, providing families an opportunity to learn about activities that will enhance the development and education of their young children. Families will also enjoy face painting, character visits, and free beverages.
Read and Romp is a FREE event organized by Alabama Project LAUNCH, Help Me Grow, Tuscaloosa Public Library, United Way of West Alabama and Alabama Public Television with help from our sponsors PNC Bank, Buffalo Rock and Read Bama Read, and the many local agencies who participate in this annual family literacy event .
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama. . .The RISE Tournament of Champions benefiting The University of Alabama’s RISE Center will be held April 25-26 at NorthRiver Yacht Club, 3100 Yacht Club Way NE. The tournament is a four-person scramble, handicaps required, with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.
The RISE Center, a part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, serves children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. It’s nationally recognized program provides an early childhood education that enriches the lives of infants and preschoolers with and without special needs. RISE is also dedicated to excellence in service, research, and teaching. The preschool program not only benefits families in the community, it serves as a practicum and internship site for students from UA and other colleges.
“RISE Center is the only RISE program in the country that does not charge tuition to children receiving its services. It’s the driving force behind our fundraising efforts,” said Andi Gillen, RISE director. The program is not an inexpensive one, it costs about $20,000 per child each year. While it does receive funding from The University, an endowment, and contracts with local school systems, fundraisers like the golf tournament are crucial to the school’s success.
Registration for the golf tournament starts at $2,500 for a four-person team. Morning and afternoon prizes like televisions, paddle boards and golf accessories will be awarded to the top four teams with the best gross and net scores. Golfers will also receive a gift upon check-in and lunch will be provided.
Coach Nick Saban and other “champions” will be on hand for the event.
For more information, or to register, contact RISE at 205/348-7931.
In addition to the tournament, golfers and guests are invited to CHIP in for RISE from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 25 at the Yacht Club at NorthRiver. The event, which is open to the public, includes a silent auction and light refreshments. Former UA football coach Gene Stallings will be the special guest.
The silent auction includes, among other items, Alabama memorabilia, artwork, and vacation packages.
Tickets for CHIP in for RISE are $30 for individuals and $50 for couples and can be purchased at the door. Those registered for the golf tournament will receive one ticket to the event.
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