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Boy-oh-boy, it's going to be a good year. 
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10 SEPTEMBER 2015

DEAR BIRMINGHAM,

A brand new school year is underway, and as students and educators are getting warmed up to the new school year, we want to take this time to tell you about what we have planned for Birmingham's students and introduce you to the people that are helping us make it a reality.  

In 2015-2016, we will more than double our reach in Birmingham City Schools, expanding Educate Local programs to seven middle schools as part of the GEAR UP grant and enlisting Ramsay as a new Network school. To give you an idea of what that means, we anticipate planning more than 150 program events - from college tours and in-school presentations to Network Nights and educator roundtables - to serve more than 3,000 students and enlist the help of over 2,500 volunteers to help us make it happen.

I get excited just thinking about it!

We know that improving outcomes for students in the Birmingham City Schools is not something we or anyone else can accomplish on our own, which is why we need you to join our Network of people who advocate for excellence in education for our kids and encourage others to do the same. You can do this by attending one of our Network nights or volunteering in one of our programs or a handful of other unique and wonderful opportunities to engage with students. Fill out the form on our website here and we will contact you ASAP. 

Of course, we also want you to follow our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds so you can receive up-to-the-minute updates from Ed and see what our students are up to every day. And if you know about something that we should know about, too, give us a heads up by completing the short Share Your Good News form on our website. See you at school!
 

SINCERELY,
ED

STUDENTS

Because it really is all about the students and they really do have quite a bit to say. 
 
Sometimes we find students with busier schedules than adults and let me tell you, Robyn Gulley, senior at Ramsay High School, is exactly that. From SGA President to concert choir to Drama Club, Robyn is definitely a student on the move - and she even spent her summer canvassing the city with Ed as a Connector Fellow! Read about all of her awesome accomplishments and big plans in our first Student Voice of the 2015-2016 school year!

PARENTS

Because our students are more than what they accomplish in school.

We haven't told her yet, but Nikilya McNeil is making us blush: "If I could describe Ed in one word," she says,"It would be impact. Ed impacts lives to build a better future and to open doors for bigger opportunities." But McNeil is setting the foundation at home, because she knows that it is important for parents to work together with schools to set her students up for success. Find out how she does it in our September Getting To Know Our Families feature. 

PARTNERS

Because we are nothing without the combined efforts of great Birmingham citizens. 
 
"I always knew that I wanted to work with business and people" says Rebecca Brown, Director of HR at Brasfield & Gorrie, and to Brown, this is not just a day job, but a passion. As the centerpiece in Brasfield & Gorrie's partnership with Ed through the Bridging the Gap program, Rebecca is helping students around the clock to ensure that they get an authentic view into careers in the construction industry. Read about what she does and why she does it in this month's Partnership Feature

CALENDAR

Sept 1: In-school orientations for Ed's GEAR UP programs begin at seven BCS middle schools
Sept 2: In-school sessions for 10th-grade Career Development Conference begin at seven BCS high schools
Sept 10 from 5-7p: Network Night at Ramsay High School
Sept 15 from 5-7p: Network Night at Tuggle Elementary
Sept 17 from 5-7p: Network Night at Carver High School
Sept 22: Bridging the Gap orientation at UAB Hospital (Parker, Carver, Jackson-Olin)
Sept 23: Bridging the Gap at the Birmingham Crossplex (Wenonah)
Sept 24 from 5-7p: Network Night at Hudson K-8
Sept 29: Bridging the Gap at WorkPlay (Woodlawn)
Sept 30: Bridging the Gap at Brasfield & Gorrie (Huffman)


 

ABOUT ED

The Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) exists to increase the number of students in Birmingham City Schools who are on the path to college, career, and life readiness. We believe that this is only possible through the collective action of a diverse network of people who demand excellence for our students and encourage others to do the same. 
 
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