Help Tuscaloosa Elementary Schools

Playground at Alberta Elementary; photo by John Oldshue

I am always in awe of the brave soul who steps up to be PTA president every year. Anyone with school age children knows that the volunteers support the staff so that everything else can happen, from celebrations to appreciations. Not least of these responsibilities is fundraising, always essential to a successful program.

How would you like to be the PTA president at the schools severely damaged or even wiped out by last week’s tornadoes? Suddenly you aren’t just raising money for playground equipment; you’re fighting for the life of your school, the identity of your community.

Three elementary schools in Tuscaloosa were reduced to rubble, with all their library books, photos, and gym balls destroyed or scattered in the debris. What’s more, many of the students lost their homes or live near someone who did.

Alberta Elementary, University Place (elementary and middle school), and Holt Elementary are neighborhood schools in some of  hardest hit areas, and the Tuscaloosa City Council/PTA is working to get the schools back on track. They’ve set up a website,, to accept donations and note progress. (Visit the site to see for yourself the destruction left in the tornado’s aftermath).

You can also send a check directly to the fund (make payable to the Tuscaloosa City Council PTA/Tornado Disaster Relief Fund). Mail to:

Tuscaloosa City Council PTA/Tornado Disaster Relief Fund, c/o Denise J. Hills*, 14 Sherwood Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

The Tuscaloosa City Counci PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.

*My guess is Denise is one of the brave souls who volunteered for PTA leadership last fall and has wound up on the school rescue mission of a lifetime.  Good luck, Denise!  These efforts will be the legacy you and your team create for the children of Tuscaloosa.

  • Denise Hills

    Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate it so very much. And thank you for calling me a brave soul :)

  • Chris Hansen

    Denise rocks. Help her out – she’s exhausted!

  • Tina

    Denise is bound to be worn out! Volunteering is some hard work, no doubt about it.

  • Clay Boggess

    I can’t imagine what you all are going through right now. We all embrace your efforts as you slowly move back in the direction of normalcy.