Everett Cross, a member of Boy Scout Troop 28 at Independent Presbyterian Church, earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Vulcan District Eagle Board on Oct. 10. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Samil Baker.

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Birmingham Zoo hosted its largest annual fundraising event, ZooGala 2019: South American Sizzle ’n Samba, raising over $480,000 to benefit the Zoo's animal care and education programs. Read more


Recently, the Brookwood Forest Elementary fifth-grade class packed its bags and traveled to Camp McDowell to participate in the new McDowell Farm School—a program that allows students to apply classroom concepts to the natural world. Read more

Brookwood Forest

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Photo courtesy of Brookwood Forest.

Ranger Ready Arts featured prominent community musicians, artists, poets and filmmakers, each leading an exercise that helped students find their own creative voice. Read more

Brookwood Forest

The career spotlight series at Mountain Brook Elementary is off to another great year. It is designed to expose MBE students in fourth through sixth grades to new and interesting careers. Read more

Mountain Brook Elementary

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognized the following 12 Mountain Brook High School students as Commended Students for their performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the PSAT, as juniors. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Bruce Henricks.

The Mountain Brook Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team capped off a great season by claiming the Metro Championship over the weekend of Oct. 4-5 at Thompson Middle School. Read more


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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that Birmingham Zoo has been recognized with the 2019 Education Award for the Zoo’s significant achievement in the “ZooSchool” program. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Allie Hulcher.

Mountain Brook Girl Scouts were roller coaster engineers for a day, thanks to a collaboration between LEGO and Girl Scouts of the USA. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Julie Beckwith.

Altamont School seniors Shawn Goyal, Sameer Sultan, Ahad Bashir and Wilson Tynes were announced as semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Read more

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Twenty-one Mountain Brook High School students have been named National Merit semifinalists. They are among 16,000 semifnalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Read more



Photo courtesy of The Lollar Group.

Now, in its 14th year, the Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop Save & Share fundraiser raises money for the League’s more than 30 community service projects. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Jessica Thuston.

For the sixth time in a row, the Crestline Elementary School lunchroom has received a score of 100 on its inspection from the Health Department. Read more

Crestline Elementary

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Photo courtesy of Carla Ward.

Thanks to funds raised by the Mountain Brook Elementary PTO, along with the support and vision of the MBE administration, faculty and staff, MBE’s lunchroom received an update over the summer. Read more

Mountain Brook Elementary

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Photo courtesy of Carla Ward.

For the 2019-20 school year, Mountain Brook Elementary has entered into a new partnership with Samford University’s Teacher Education Program. Read more

Mountain Brook Elementary

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On Friday, Sept. 20, the Mountain Brook Elementary community will gather to celebrate MBE’s 90th birthday. Read more

Mountain Brook Elementary

Thirty-one lucky players, ages 12 to 15 from across the U.S., represented the Nike Basketball Camp Team in its first-ever Tour of Spain over the summer. Mountain Brook Junior High seventh-grader Thomas Graham was one of those players. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Mallory Hill.

Susan H. Waldrop, CFRE was presented with the 2019 American Cancer Society St. George National Award, given to outstanding community volunteers in recognition of their distinguished service to the ACS. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Julie Beckwith, Altamont School.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Altamont School senior Shawn Goyal created 175 water filtration units that were assembled in Alabama and shipped to people in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Connie O'Brien.

Holy Family Cristo Rey’s board acquired the former Center Street Middle School on June 11, 2019 from the Birmingham Board of Education. Renovations and upgrades were made over the summer in time for classes to begin on August 8. Read more


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