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The Joy of Spring

The Joy of Spring

As we prepare for the 2012-13 Better Basics Awards Luncheons, the staff at Better Basics has delighted in reading the winning selections from our annual MORE Essay contest.  This week, we want to share with you the thoughts of some of our students. Martez Deon Davis Jr. from Lewis Elementary wrote, “The reason I like […]

Bonding Builds Better Readers

Bonding Builds Better Readers

Research from two large-scale studies revealed that effective reading teachers of elementary-age students shared several common characteristics, including the incorporation of varied reading-related activities into lessons, and the teacher’s ability to personally relate to students. It is great to know that the bonds our students create each year with their Reading Intervention teacher will actually […]

Reading with the Better Basics Staff

Reading with the Better Basics Staff

Spring is here, and over the next two weeks, the schools in our community will take a break.  Better Basics’ employees share their favorite book selections for reading to your children or grandchildren over the holiday. Karen Kapp, Better Basics’ Executive Director says “My favorite book is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. It […]

Sending Imaginations to a “Whole Different World”

Sending Imaginations to a “Whole Different World”

As the Better Basics’ MORE program draws to a close for this school year, fourth-grade students have an opportunity to tell us why they have enjoyed participating in the program.  This is what Joshua Watts from Glen Iris Elementary School wrote: “I like the MORE program because it gets kids like me to read more […]

Volunteers Make a Difference

Volunteers Make a Difference

A study released last month from the Corporation of National and Community Service indicated that volunteerism in America is at a five-year high. Overall, 64.3 million Americans (more than one in four adults) volunteered through a formal organization last year, and almost 20% of those volunteered as teachers or tutors. Jack and Sandy Lepor are […]

The Love for Literacy Luncheon Supports James

The Love for Literacy Luncheon Supports James

As I sit back and reflect on yesterday’s fourth annual Love for Literacy Luncheon, it’s not the most obvious successes that bring me joy.  Of course, we were excited to hear a great message on the importance of reading from Auburn football alumnus, Thom Gossom, Jr. Obviously, the record attendance thrilled everyone involved. However, as […]

Ballet Beginners

Ballet Beginners

More than 200 students from Greensboro Elementary in Hale County traveled to Birmingham this month to see a performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the Alabama Ballet. Many students told us this was the first time they had the opportunity to see a live ballet performance. Before the show, Ashlyn Heartsill, a fourth-grade Greensboro […]

John Glasser Award Winner

John Glasser Award Winner

Better Basics is honored to announce Casey Thompson, Jr. as the 2012 recipient of the John Glasser Award. The award honors volunteers who exemplify Mr. Glasser’s humble heart of service. John Glasser founded Better Basics in his retirement years because he understood that illiteracy and poverty are so closely linked that they are practically one […]

The Magic of Math

The Magic of Math

Students at Glen Iris Elementary and Huffman Academy experienced a little math magic in November, thanks to the Better Basics Schoolwide Enrichment program.  Las Vegas entertainer and world-renowned magician Christian Augustine visited the schools to show students that you don’t have to be a mathematical genius to know that math can be engaging and fun. […]

Better Basics has a Recipe for Success

Better Basics has a Recipe for Success

This recipe has made a lasting impact in the lives of students like Ashley. As a fourth-grader, Ashley was reading on a second-grade level.  That, however, was before the Better Basics Reading Intervention program came into play. With this program, a caring Better Basics teacher provided appropriate instruction so that Ashley could make the progress […]