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Be a Part of Birmingham Reads

Be a Part of Birmingham Reads

Better Basics partners with the Junior League of Birmingham to inspire all of Birmingham to pick up a book and read. Birmingham Reads is an event held each spring, when hundreds of volunteers visit kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms in Birmingham City Schools to read to students. Each class is assigned a volunteer reader, and each [...]

Celebrate 20 in ’14

Celebrate 20 in ’14

Better Basics is commemorating  its twentieth anniversary at the Celebrate 20 in ’14 dinner event. The event, which will honor partners who have made a significant impact on the growth and sustainability of the organization, will be held on February 20, 2014 at The Club in Homewood.  A reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. [...]

Holiday Cards Honor Loved Ones

Holiday Cards Honor Loved Ones

Are you looking for a way to honor friends and family this holiday season, but you don’t know what to get them? Nothing could be more simple than sending Better Basics’ holiday honor cards. For only $10 per card, you can honor a friend with a donation in his or her name.  To acknowledge the donation, we will send a wonderful [...]

Holiday Art Contest

Holiday Art Contest

Students participating in the Better Basics Schoolwide Enrichment program are busy creating masterpieces for the holiday season. Fourth-grade students are drawing their favorite holiday scenes in hopes of winning the Better Basics Holiday Art Contest. Each year, students compete to have their drawing featured on the Better Basics holiday cards that go on sale December [...]

Run for Your Life During the Zombie Chase!

Run for Your Life During the Zombie Chase!

The Birmingham Young Professionals Kiwanis will host the 2nd Annual Zombie Chase presented by Alabama Outdoors. The race will take place at 10 a.m. on October 26, 2013, at Red Mountain Park.  Runners will try and finish the race alive as zombies and other obstacles block the path.  All proceeds from this event will benefit [...]

Understanding Impact

Understanding Impact

Better Basics programs make a difference for children in our community. We know it. We see the difference each time we work with students. Measuring and understanding the impact we make is more difficult. Thankfully, The Center for the Study of Community Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham helped Better Basics evaluate the [...]

A New School Year of Possibilities

A New School Year of Possibilities

It is back to school time.  Most of the children in our community will be back in their classrooms this week. Can’t you just smell that new box of crayons or envision the fresh unmarked notebooks?   A new school year is full of possibilities. That new box of crayons will be used to create [...]

Have a Slice to Support Better Basics

Have a Slice to Support Better Basics

Join the Better Basics Junior Board on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, for delicious pizza. You can support Better Basics’ students by simply dining out on their behalf. Slice Pizza, located at 725 29th Street South in Birmingham, will donate ten percent of its profits on August 13, to Better Basics to help fund our programs for at-risk students. To participate, simply dine in or [...]

A Night at the Barons

A Night at the Barons

Join us this Friday, August 2, for Better Basics night at the Birmingham Barons. It promises to be a great night of baseball as the Birmingham Barons take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 7:05 p.m. Better Basics will be collecting new and gently used children’s books at all three entrance gates, so stop by [...]

Are Your Children Ready for a Successful New School Year?

Are Your Children Ready for a Successful New School Year?

As the days roll off the calendar, there is no denying that summer is drawing to a close.  Children will soon be back in class. However, there are still a few weeks left to ensure that the children in your life are ready to go back to school. The Summer Learning Association offers these tips [...]