As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, University of Alabama junior Michael Arundel was at home on spring break in Chicago. That’s where the 20-year-old got the idea for Leave It To Us, a non-profit organization that helps shop for senior citizens – who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, and thus not always able to brave the stores for food.

Leave It To Us took off quickly, and Arundel put together an initial group of volunteers to help shop for the senior citizens – by picking up their grocery or pharmacy order.

In addition to meeting the needs of its students, Shelton State Community College (SSCC) is working to meet the needs of the West Alabama community.

Medical supplies from the College’s health services programs have been made available to local agencies during the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.  Donated items from the College’s simulated healthcare settings have included N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

“We appreciate the dedication of those in the health fields during this time of crisis,” said Joye Jones, Dean of Instruction.  “Many of these individuals are our former students, and we are happy that we can provide items to protect them in their line of work.”

Shelton State Community College continues to monitor and respond to this ongoing situation, and updates will be provided as they are available.  For more information, visit

For the past couple of years, I’ve composed updates on the current status of the vaping issue that by now you are probably very well aware of. If not, you can easily google “Juul” or “E-Cigs” or go to previous installments of this column on Druid City Living’s website.  


And as I say every year: If you’ve got a child or a grandchild in school, you should probably read this.  

Schoolyard Roots, a West Alabama nonprofit that partners with elementary schools through unique hands-on learning, will present its Eighth Annual Garden Party on Nov. 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market. 

This marks the eighth year for the fundraiser, which brings the mission of Schoolyard Roots to life through a community celebration that pairs local chefs with area farmers to create fresh, delicious cuisine. All proceeds support Schoolyard Roots’ school-based programming that ties directly to state curriculum standards. 

After a traumatic event, it’s normal for children to show changes in behavior. Keep an eye on children to find out what kind of help or reassurance they need.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is announcing its annual Small Grants Program, awarding projects by Tuscaloosa County artists and non-profit organizations. Grants to local teachers for arts related projects are also available through the Community Foundation’s Arts in Education Grant. 

Holy Spirit High School student Claire Laubenthal and her mother, Katherine, had the opportunity to travel to Ghana with the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International Delegation over the summer. There, they visited the cities of Sunyani and Techiman with a delegation of 12 adults and 5 students from the Tuscaloosa area 

Katherine Laubenthal says the goodwill tour was an incredibly unique opportunity. 

“I believe the most important aspect of our trip was experiencing the history and culture of Ghana first-hand.”  

Do you have outstanding parking tickets? If so, you might be able to pay for them by donating school supplies this month.

Bullying is a specific type of aggressive behavior that includes repeated hitting, kicking, and calling of mean names, as well as excluding. If your child is involved in bullying, work with school officials and counselors to stop the behavior. Provide them with the date, time, place, children involved, and specifics of the incidents and their effects.

The Shelton State Community College Foundation hosted its first annual Wine Women & Shoes event on Thursday, March 28 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. The final fundraising total of $200,084.00 was announced at the Foundation’s May Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 15. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shelton State students through scholarship opportunities and support the mission of the College.

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