Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents and other adults can do.  Here are ideas for using this reading time to build your young child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you.

Stillman College in Tuscaloosa celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. The new center, under the leadership of director Marilyn Hill, will provide a variety of services to Stillman’s student veterans, including academic advising and referrals.  

Regions is a 30-year Adopt-A-School partner with Collins-Riverside Middle School in Northport. Recently, as part of their “Share the Good” initiative, Regions employees spent the day working on campus enhancement projects at the school.

Head Start/Early Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. follows the national requirement of reserving and serving 10 percent of its enrollment to include children with disabilities; including but not limited to physical, hearing, visual, emotional, speech and health impairments. 

Head Start staff work with local school districts and community agencies to make sure that the special needs of all children are met. Within 45 days of enrollment into the program, each child will complete developmental, speech and language, hearing and vision screenings. 

Nearly 250 Chamber members attended the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce's State of the State luncheon, held on July 6 at Embassy Suites in downtown Tuscaloosa, to get an update from Alabama's leaders.

The West/Central Alabama Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has given University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Dean Dr. Mark Nelson with a special honor. Nelson was given a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his extraordinary support of those serving in the military.

Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa held its annual athletic banquet on Thursday, May 4. Students, coaches and volunteers were recognized for their participation in the athletic program.

The University of Alabama’s Community Music School will hold its Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra spring concert on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Moody Music Building. The event is free of charge.

The concert will feature “March of the Meistersingers” by Wagner, “Folktune and Fiddle Dance” for strings by Fletcher and “Highlights from Wicked” that will showcase music from the smash Broadway show. Two student soloists, Luke Turner, cellist and James Smelly, bassoonist, will perform as well.

 There are countless variables in the success of a non-profit in the world in which we live. Two of the most vital are funding and volunteers. One requires the gift of money. The other requires the gift of time. Both are crucial, and for some non-profits, the volunteer is even more important.   

One of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities I have every year is to volunteer for Junior Achievement. And if you don't know what they do, you should.  

Did you know that you can obtain Boating Safety Help using your Smart Phone, iPad or Android device?

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