On November 3rd, Blanche Alverson was crowned Miss Homecoming. Alverson was a unique candidate because she is also a member of the Auburn women’s basketball team, and is working towards a major in biomedical sciences. Despite her commitment to her team and her schoolwork, Alverson was able to run a successful campaign and raise awareness for her platform, Ballin’ for Books.
Last year, Alverson created a community service project called
Ballin’ for Books, which raised awareness for children’s literacy. Her passion for children’s literacy was inspired when she and her teammates visited local schools and read to the children. Alverson realized she could have a more lasting impact on the children by donating books to areas of the community that needed them. Alverson organized a book drive during two home basketball games and collected over 1,000 books.
Originally, Ballin’ for Books benefited The Loachapoka Library and the Pine Hills Literacy club. It has now expanded to an inner-city elementary school in Atlanta. “The growth of this program has shown me the potential of passionately serving others,” said Alverson when asked about her success with Ballin’ for Books.
Homecoming week is busy for all the candidates, but Alverson had to juggle practice every day as well as campaigning. Her days started with class, then she went to practice for about three hours, and in her very little free time she was making appearances and promoting her platform. “It was a very time consuming week, but I was honored to be able to have that experience. The most rewarding thing about being able to do this is knowing that it will help expand Ballin’ for Books and more children will benefit from it,” said Alverson.
Alverson’s week of hard work paid off when she was crowned during halftime of the game on Saturday. Her work doesn’t end there, however. She hopes that her passion for Ballin’ for Books has been spread to students on campus, and with the support of Auburn’s student body, she wants to reach out and help more children.
“I believe that reading is knowledge, and knowledge is power, and I am committed to giving children the best opportunity to succeed.”