UA’s Honors College Empowers Community through Action Programs

  • August 13th, 2018
Honors College students work during the 2017 Alabama Action week.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s Honors College continues as a transformative force in West Alabama through its Alabama Action, Outdoor Action and Black Belt Action programs.

The service projects in Tuscaloosa, Marion and elsewhere run from Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17, before the start of the fall 2018 semester.

Alabama Action
This year’s Alabama Action program will serve Holt Elementary School and Collins-Riverside Middle School with 165 freshman participants and 36 student leaders. These students will spend part of each day at the different schools participating in beautification efforts, including painting restrooms/cafeterias, painting murals, landscaping, assembling picnic tables and updating pavilions through power washing and installation of flower boxes. The media are invited to visit Holt Elementary School from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, to observe Honors College students in action. 

Outdoor Action
During Outdoor Action, approximately 100 incoming Honors freshmen and student leaders will partner with Lake Lurleen State Park, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tuscaloosa PARA, and the Friends of Hurricane Creek to preserve natural resources. Projects include trail preservation, picking up trash and removing invasive plants. The best day for media to visit the program would be the morning of Thursday, Aug. 16,  at Hurricane Creek Park.

Black Belt Action
The 47 Black Belt Action students and student leaders will work at two sites each day. Half of the group will assist the teachers at Francis Marion School, 101 Hubbard Drive in Marion. The other half of the group will work with Main Street Marion on community revitalization projects. Each day, students will work at their project sites from 9 to 11:30 a.m. In the afternoons, students will visit historic places in the Marion community and hear from guest speakers in the areas of rural healthcare, economic and community development, and education. If media wish to visit the Black Belt Action students, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. would be best. For details, contact Richard LeComte, department of communications, 205-348-3782,  


Richard LeComte, department of communications,, 205-348-3782

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