Inaugural Read and Romp event planned for next weekend
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The inaugural Read and Romp: Walker County will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Gamble Park and organizers are hoping it becomes an annual event.

The event is sponsored by The Literacy Council’s Walker County Chapter, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Baby TALK and United Way of Central Alabama.

“The community and participating organizations are what will make that happen,” The Literacy Council’s Chandra Rice said. “I really believe it will be a fun and informative day for the people of Walker County.”

Rice, who is also serving as the acting coordinator for the Read and Romp event, said organizers wanted to let people know what is here in Walker County for them because so many of the services available go unused.

“The idea for this event came from a similar event held in Birmingham for children between the ages of 1 to 4,” Rice said. “We wanted to expand that age range and offer a fun event for people of all ages.”

Rice said the purpose of the event is twofold. First, she said, the participating organizations want to provide school supplies for families who are struggling to fulfill the long list of necessary items that are required for every child.

“And second, we want the community to know what resources are available to them throughout Walker County,” Rice said.

“So many nonprofits and service organizations offer resources that most people do not know about or know how to obtain.”

The Read and Romp will give these organizations a chance to share their missions and information with the public.

There will also be activities for people of all ages, especially children, to enjoy at the event, Rice said.

Bevill State Community College’s Drafting Design Engineering Technology Department, located on the Sumiton campus, will have the moon buggies they built and raced in the Habitat for Humanity and NASA Great Moon Buggy Race projects.

“Dave Hollaway, the senior naturalist from Camp McDowell, is bringing some of his animals and will talk about the abundance of animals available in Alabama as well as how to preserve the environment,” Rice said.

The Girl Scouts will also be hosting an arts and crafts table, and the Walker County Arts Alliance will be doing story time throughout the day.

“Children will also be given free books and other goodies as they visit different booths,” Rice added.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to Bevill State-Jasper’s Glen Clem Gymnasium.

Rice said event organizers are still taking donations of basic school supplies and requests for booths and will be doing so through Thursday.

“We welcome all types of nonprofit organizations, including churches and social clubs,” Rice said.

The last day to donate, or to register for a booth, is Thursday by 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in donating or participating can contact Rice at (205) 387-0511, ext. 5792, or by email at