Trident United Way's African American Leadership Council (AALC) is proud to give back to the community, especially helping students. AALC's fifth-annual book drive and giveaway on June 3rd focused on the areas of Ravenel and Hollywood. The book drive is a signature event for the group and puts early childhood learning at the forefront.

AALC members coordinated with business partners, clubs and individuals to donate 650 books for kindergarten to third graders at E.B. Ellington Elementary School in Ravenel. AALC members and parents say with all the hurt that is happening in our world these days, a book is a great way for a child to focus on learning and expanding their horizons.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest across the country, the Trident United Way AALC felt this event was even more meaningful. The drive was an ideal way to serve, showing young people that there are community members who care about their futures.

Click here or the window below to watch a video featuring Trident United Way AALC Chairperson Sonia Hanson from South State Bank and E.B. Ellington Elementary Principal James Dallas.