Books for Birmingham collected 9500+ books for Birmingham City students

Bridget and Chloe from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama–they’re showing a few of their favorite books given out to local students. Photo by Alisa Boone.

Early school closings have affected young students across Birmingham. Beginning in May, Better Basics began collecting brand new books through their Books for Birmingham campaign. Their mission is to help these local students stay on track for their return back to school to prevent the summer slide.

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Books for Birmingham is helping local students get back on track

Two volunteers distribute local students’ favorite book selections collected from the campaign. Photo via Alisa Boone.

Young students throughout Birmingham have been affected by early school closings. Better Basics has created the Books for Birmingham book drive campaign to collect NEW books for these students helping them get back in the swing of things for school in the fall.

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How students can find drive-in WiFi in Birmingham

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Students are adjusting to working from home. Photo via Shutterstock

As schools and their students get used to education from home, it’s important to remember that some students do not have access to WiFi at home. That’s why the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham City Schools have teamed up to help provide free “drive-in” WiFi to students.

Click here to view an interactive map of free WiFi locations throughout Birmingham.

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See how the Birmingham and Pelham school systems are feeding thousands of families

Pelham City Schools staff preparing meals for curbside pickup. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

This past week I got to witness first hand a remarkable movement emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. School systems and volunteers  stepping up to feed our community’s students and families.

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The Birmingham Promise—How the City of Birmingham and UAB are making college more accessible

UAB President Ray Watts and Mayor Randall Woodfin are helping forge the future of young students. Photo via Randall Woodfin’s Facebook.

Mayor Woodfin and the City of Birmingham emphasized the importance of investing in education with the Birmingham Promise. This trailblazing program introduces Birmingham City School students to unbelievable opportunities where they gain priceless work experience and encourages education beyond high school.

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Birmingham City Schools enter leasing agreements with two popular churches

Members of Church of the Highlands West Campus have Sunday service at Parker High School. Photo by Church of the Highlands

Earlier this year Church of the Highlands announced its expansion to west Birmingham.

Since the announcement, the Church of the Highlands West Birmingham Campus has been having community meetings to help start the process of building the new location. But before their new location is complete, they want to start building a community and begin regular Sunday services.

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Are you ready for the first day of school Birmingham? Ensure you’re ready with help from this must-know guide!

 

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Celebrate back to school with sports! Photo via Oak Mountain Elementary School.

For everything Birmingham students need to know before heading back to school for the 2018-2019 school year, check out this guide. Continue reading “Are you ready for the first day of school Birmingham? Ensure you’re ready with help from this must-know guide!”

From probation to accreditation, the Birmingham City Schools system awarded full district accreditation

Kids at Linn Park participating in the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Back to School Rally, via Birmingham City Schools Facebook page

Birmingham City Schools  (BCS) has been given full district accreditation by AdvancED, the national accrediting agency. Continue reading “From probation to accreditation, the Birmingham City Schools system awarded full district accreditation”

“It’s golden hour” Putnam Middle School Teaching Farm (photos)

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Readus Linton and Mason Jackson – Putnam Middle School 8th graders take a break from building the new greenhouse

When you first enter the Putnam Middle School parking lot off bustling Montclair Road, with a Walmart nearby, the last thing you expect to see is a teaching farm in the back of the school.

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