As Southerners look back to the storms of April 27, 2011, we all remember in different ways. For one group of young Alabamians, remembrance has taken the form of exploring the subject through writing. “April’s Rampage,” a self-published book, was written by a group of third grade students at Gwin Elementary. Located in Hoover, Alabama, the school itself didn’t sustain damage, but was less than 30 miles from communities that were devastated.
Led by teacher Ashley Dark, the Gwin students interviewed survivors (including children at Tuscaloosa’s Holt Elementary), meteorologists, and volunteers. The result is a work of historical fiction about April 27, with a fictional third grader at the center of the book:
The student authors will be signing copies of “April’s Rampage” this week:
Friday, April 27 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — Tuscaloosa Books-A-Million, 900 Skyland Blvd. E
Saturday, April 28 (2-4 p.m.) — Hoover Books-A-Million, 900 Skyland Blvd. E.
We commend them for their work, and for the work of everyone who continues to honor those affected by the storms of 4.27.
Wondering how you can help people who are still in need a year later? Please consider supporting Bo Bikes Bama. Bo’s ride across the state to raise funds for those impacted is underway — click on the link to donate, or text the keyword BOBIKES to 5055 to donate $10 to BoBikesBama.