Alabama Bicentennial: Educate & Celebrate
The Alabama Bicentennial takes place on December 14, 2019! Commemoration of this special event began in 2017 and continues through the end of next year. ALABAMA 200 is a helpful resource for facts pertaining to statehood, educator materials, and community involvement.
Turning 200 years old is cause for celebration. However, Alabama did not achieve its many accomplishments by looking only to the past. Profound events in history were made possible by Alabamians actively working toward a better future for themselves and their state.
The Civil Rights movement had its roots in Montgomery. Our state also made possible the first rocket to put humans on the moon and the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere. We are also proud to claim the first Miss America with a disability. Dedicated citizens who believed in a better tomorrow achieved these milestones.
The Alabama Bicentennial Schools program encourages the youth of Alabama to continue looking toward the future by making connections with local communities. The program is open to all students — public, private, and homeschool. More information can be found here.
We are all encouraged to improve the locales we call home. Achieving these goals requires that we go beyond our classrooms, fellowship halls, and kitchen tables. The key is to engage with the people and places around us.
Engagement with our local communities is a core belief at NGCHE. One of the state’s greatest untapped resources is its homeschool families. This labor force is available at a time when most other students must remain on school campuses. In many cases, homeschool parents or adult club volunteers can work alongside their youth. Modeling sacrificial behavior and instilling core values in our young people will serve our state well for lifetimes to come.
If your homeschool covering or co-op would like to become involved in the Alabama Bicentennial School program, we urge you to do so. Contact information can be found here on the Be a Bicentennial School flyer. Staff at the Alabama Bicentennial Office who oversee the program have issued a warm welcome to homeschoolers to take part. Project suggestions are available at the Alabama Bicentennial Schools website. Participants may also come up with their own ideas.
Whether you take part in a community-wide initiative, become involved through a covering or civic group, or just decide to volunteer on your own, set aside some time this spring to get to know your communities and the needs within them. Homeschool families have amazing potential to impact the world for good. Let us heed the call to service and be counted among those leading Alabama forward into a very bright future.
To find out how home educating families from Mobile and Baldwin Counties can serve their communities, stay tuned for the launch of the Northern Gulf Coast Homeschool Service Initiative coming in March.
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