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University Of North Alabama President And First Lady Provide Books For Area Elementary Schools

Feb. 09, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Bryan Rachal,

University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.-University of North Alabama President Ken Kitts and First Lady Dena Kitts provided area third graders with copies of the book "Looking for Leo."

A team of UNA representatives, including Dr. and Mrs. Kitts, headed to every public elementary school in Colbert and Lauderdale Counties Feb. 22.

"A love of reading is key to a student's success," said Kitts. "UNA initiated this literacy project as a way to contribute to their reading journeys," he said.

And the idea of a journey is front and center in the book they distributed.

"Looking for Leo," written by UNA alumnus Dalen Keys and illustrated by alumnus Walt Vandiver, tells the story of UNA's mascots Leo and Una, while also taking readers on a tour of campus.

The Kitts visited Underwood, Weeden and McBride Elementary schools, where they read the book aloud to the classes and answered questions about Leo and Una. UNA representatives distributed the books to the other area schools.

Looking for Leo


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates arenownedcollegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.