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Birmingham City Councilors Committed to Building Future Leaders

Birmingham City Schools are at the forefront of community priorities for the Birmingham City Council and as Councilors look to continue supporting the enrichment of the school system they are committed to ensuring that proper funding is provided to build future leaders. Councilor Valerie Abbott recently gave back to the Birmingham City School system through her discretionary funds, to help make sure resources are available to enhance students’ overall educational experience.

“Our purpose when spending our discretionary funding is to equip our communities with what they need in order to thrive,” Councilor Abbott said. “We have a responsibility, especially to our young generation of future leaders, to ensure they are receiving our best investment in their academics. As elected officials, we couldn’t possibly serve at our greatest in our districts, without supporting our students and helping them gain the valuable opportunities that will aid in their educational experience.”

The four schools that will receive the discretionary funds are: Avondale School, Glen Iris Elementary, Epic Elementary and Ramsey High. Avondale School, Principal Courtney Nelson says that they will use their portion for project-based learning. This program allows students to create interactive design projects every nine weeks to learn things like forces of motion using a catapult made of a shoe box, Popsicle sticks, rubber bands and a marshmallow.

“This money is going to go a long way to help our students achieve some of the goals that are set for them during our project-based learning process,” Principal Nelson said. “It really means a lot to us that Councilor Abbott is adamant about supporting our students on a consistent basis.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.