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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 […]

Students Say Volunteers are Special

Students Say Volunteers are Special

Better Basics volunteers are making a difference for children each year. This week, our students tell us why their volunteers are so special. Kenmia Boware from Wylam Elementary writes about her volunteer, Margaret Henricks.  “Every week, our Better Basics volunteer comes to visit.  When she reads to us, it is like I’m in the story.  […]

Caring Volunteers Make a Difference

Caring Volunteers Make a Difference

Students in Carolyn Martin’s fourth-grade class at Bush Hills Academy received a special thrill this year when their teacher went to her mailbox.  The governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, had written a letter to the children to recognize them for their reading achievements in the Better Basics MORE program. Governor Haley wrote, “I am […]

Giving Groups

Giving Groups

Summer is an interesting time in the Better Basics office.  Our certified teachers and many of our program coordinators work seasonally, which means they don’t work during the summer months.  While the Better Basics Summer Learning Camps are in full swing, the rest of our programs are on hiatus until school begins.  However, instead of […]

Brain + Body = Learning

Brain + Body = Learning

Lydia Price, a junior at Hollins University, is working with Better Basics this summer as an intern.   This week, she describes the experiential learning activities she witnessed  at the Better Basics Summer Learning Camps. On my first day interning with Better Basics, I went to the Better Basics Summer Learning Camp at A. G. Gaston Boys […]

Summer Camp is More than Fun and Learning

Summer Camp is More than Fun and Learning

I visited the Better Basics Summer Learning Camp at the A. G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club today and met my new friend, Timoni. Each day, the students write their feelings in a journal, and Timoni shared one of her entries with me. She writes, “My name is Timoni. I am in Summer Camp. Even though it […]

It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

Now that the school year has come to a close, we have begun the process of analyzing the results from each of the Better Basics programs. These results act like a report card for us each year.  How many students were impacted? How much improvement in reading was documented? How many new enrichment experiences did […]