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“Food, Fun & Faith”

July 26, 2018

Photo Fun Thousands of people seeking food and fun to celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday attended Birmingham’s oldest Independence Day celebration at Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Catholic Church in Homewood.      

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STEPS Proactive Parenting

July 26, 2018

Parenting Points  Brought to you by: White Plume Technologies  When one of our kids abuses drugs or alcohol, it’s easy to doubt ourselves. But all parents make mistakes. It comes with the job, and we don’t have to be perfect to raise our kids well. By connecting with others and getting some training, we …

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Start the School Year Off on a Great Note! S.O.F.A.

July 26, 2018

Music Notes “Mom, thanks for letting me quit piano lessons when I was a kid!”… said no one ever! I can’t count the number of times I’ve had someone bemoan the fact that they quit taking piano or voice or [insert instrument here] lessons as a child. In elementary and junior high school, my love …

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School Year Organization: Get an A+!

July 26, 2018

The Hassle-Free Zone School is back and so with it, the stacks of papers! Permission slips, homework assignments, medical release forms, volunteer sign-ups, field trips – you know it all too well. Backpacks and mailboxes inundate us with enough to wallpaper our entire homes, not to mention the time it takes to navigate through it …

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New Mental Health Resource for Area Families

July 25, 2018

Education Extra When a child or teen needs mental health resources, families and caregivers often want assistance determining the appropriate level of care. Children’s of Alabama and the Anne B. LaRussa Foundation of Hope have established the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) to help patients, families and providers better navigate the mental health care system. …

Serving Alabama Children through CASA

July 25, 2018

For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) can help make a difference by helping them work their way through the court and child welfare systems in search of a loving home. Each time a child is paired with a CASA Volunteer, their chances are greater to have the …

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What You Should Know about Opioids

July 25, 2018

Alabama Statistics about Opioids: The number of overdose deaths(OD) climbed by 82% from 2006 to 2014 (and this is with little consistency around ER’s not reporting on OD deaths) In 2016, there were 756 drug-related deaths in Alabama, the majority of which were opioid related In 2016, Alabama doctors wrote 121 prescriptions per every 100 …

STEPS Proactive Parenting

June 27, 2018

Parenting Points  Brought to you by: White Plume Technologies Sometimes, teenagers take drugs or drink. Maybe even the one in your home. You may be thinking, “That can’t happen to us!” Are you sure? Because 75% of high school students have tried some type of addictive substance, and 40-50% use drugs, drink alcohol, or …

HCA Seeks to Define Christianity by Service

June 26, 2018

Education Extra Students at Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) get much more than an education in science, math, history, English, or even Bible. They get perspective. The kind of perspective one gets from getting outside of his or her self and engaging in some form of ministry. Whether by volunteering in a local ministry or by …

Heritage Christian Academy Learns what it is to “Be the Hands and Feet” of Jesus

May 23, 2018

Education Extra Heritage Christian Academy (HCA), an interdenominational 3K-12th grade private Christian school in Hoover, Alabama knows that the Greater Birmingham Area does not lack for excellent schools. Year after year public and private educational institutions around town are recognized for accomplishments and distinction in academics, athletics and arts. It can be difficult for local …