Community & Church Events

Deadlines are Mondays at Noon for everything except wedding/engagement announcements. Wedding engagement announcements deadline are Fridays by noon.

2020 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: Friday, Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving Edition. Friday, Dec. 4 for Santa Letters. Friday, Dec. 18 for the Christmas and New Years Editions. SCRJ will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays. SCRJ Will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3 for the Christmas & New Years Holidays.

Church and Community Events

2020 Market and a Movie
Livingston Alive announces that there will be having two Market and a Movie events this fall on Fri., Sept. 11 and Fri., Oct. 9. The market will run from 6-8 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie from our friends at the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library. Mark your calendars for two fun nights of food, arts and crafts, and fellowship! Participants will need to follow then current local and state health guidelines.


Shelton State Community College Drive Through
Nursing Pinning
Ceremony
Shelton State Community College will host a drive through nursing pinning ceremony for the summer 2020 nursing class. The ceremony will be Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the front of the College’s Martin Campus. The pinning ceremony is restricted to the pinning candidate and those accompanying them in a single vehicle. Members of the media are invited and are asked to arrive on campus no later than 5:30 p.m. Shelton State Community College continues to monitor the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, and the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members remain the College’s top priority. Please be advised that all campus visitors must submit to a temperature check prior to building entry and that a facial covering is required. For more information, contact mediacom@sheltonstate.edu.


Dolly Parton’s
Imagination Library
Success By 6 of United Way of West Alabama is proud to provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books FREE to children ages birth to 5 years old in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Once a month, your child will receive a new book by mail. You only need to do two things: register your child and pledge to read the books to him/her. Please, climb on board Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Since UWWA launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library: 13,467 children have participated in the program in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties. 10,427 children have “graduated” from the program. 443,856 books have been delivered to children in West Alabama. Sign up at https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/

ProjectEARN Scholarship
The University of West Alabama Division of Nursing is helping students in their goals to become registered nurses through a new scholarship program called ProjectEARN (Educating Alabama Rural Nurses). Providing 50 scholarships per semester for five years, Nursing faculty believe this Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-supported initiative will give students more financial freedom that allows them to cut back or even eliminate hours worked that could be spent focused on curriculum and clinicals. See the story at https://www.uwa.edu/news/EARNscholarshipgrant for more details on eligibility and requirements.

UA to Hold Spring and Summer Commencement July 31 – Aug. 2
The University of Alabama will hold joint spring and summer commencement exercises over three days beginning Friday, July 31, at Coleman Coliseum. Nearly 4,000 graduates are expected to receive degrees. Extensive precautions will be taken to meet health and safety standards. To limit the number of people at each event and ensure physical distancing guidelines, media are invited to two of the nine ceremonies taking place throughout the weekend, on Friday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 1:30 p.m. For health and safety reasons, please confirm attendance by noon Friday, July 31, by contacting Shane Dorrill at shane.dorrill@ua.edu.

SSCC Virtual Info Session for Parents of Incoming
Students
Shelton State Community College will host a virtual information session for parents of incoming students on Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. The College’s Virtual Parent Chat 2020 will be hosted on Zoom. Virtual Parent Chat 2020 will include a variety of helpful topics including admission, financial aid, and updated methods of instruction. The discussion will close with a question/answer session in hopes of alleviating any anxiety being experienced ahead of the fall semester. To register for the event, visit Virtual Parent Chat 2020. Participants will be contacted by email 24-48 hours prior to the event with additional information. For additional information, contact the Office of Recruiting at recruiting@sheltonstate.edu.


Commission 2021 Grant Program
The Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, has opened its 2021 Grant Program with funds appropriated by the Alabama Legislature. Historic sites meeting the eligibility can submit applications now through Aug. 21, 2020. AHC will administer a $ $1,075,000 Grant Program with funds appropriated by the Alabama Legislature in the 2021 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021), for improvements as well as educational programming at historic sites in Alabama. Grants will be awarded to public or non-profit entities who own and operate historic sites in Alabama, reflect an education-based mission, concentrate on educational programming, and reflect the geographical diversity of the state. Grants will not be awarded to any entity receiving funding directly or indirectly from the Education Trust Fund or the General Fund. Grants will also not be awarded to any private or for-profit business or organization. Amounts will not exceed $30,000 for any one entity. Preference will be given to properties built before 1840 that are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, historic school structures, and properties built before 1943 that are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The Alabama Historical Commission’s 2020 Grant Program was very successful – more than $2 million dollars were requested from the $900,000 appropriated funds. Grant Application Guidelines are available on the AHC website. Applicants must complete an official 2021 Historic Sites Grant application available on the AHC website at bit.ly/AHCGrants21. Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to Renee Fuller, Contracts and Grants, Alabama Historical Commission, by Aug. 21, 2020. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. AHC will announce the grant awards in October 2020. All grant guidelines and details about eligibility can be found on the AHC website. To learn more about the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov


Southern Artists for Social Change Grant
The National Performance Network’s new Southern Artists for Social Change program will provide $25,000 project grants to artists and culture bearers of color living, working, and engaging in social change in urban, rural, and tribal communities of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Deadline is Aug. 1. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3fg5jpT

Area Agency on Aging of West Alabama SenioRx
SenioRx is a program offered through the Area Agency on Aging of West Alabama that could help save you money on your prescription drugs, and it’s not just for seniors! The SenioRx Program helps you apply for patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies to receive your prescriptions at a free or reduced price. To qualify you must be an Alabama resident and meet one set of the following requirements: 1. If you are 55+, have a chronic medical condition, and have no prescription drug coverage. 2. If you have a disability at any age and have been deemed disabled by Social Security, or have applied for disability and are waiting on a decision, or have a doctor’s declaration of disability. 3. If you have Medicare and reach the Medicare Part D coverage gap each year. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging at 205-333-2990 to speak with someone in the Aging and Disability Resource Center for more information.


Statewide Online Driver License Renewal Extension
Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced Alabama driver license holders will now be allowed to renew online a second time during a 12-year period. Until now, driver license holders were limited to one online renewal every eight years. As part of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s commitment to public safety and in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the agency’s Driver License Division has temporarily expanded its online renewal process at www.alea.gov. Customers who renewed their Alabama driver licenses using ALEA’s online system prior to the pandemic may now renew a second time during the next four years. Since COVID-19 began to affect Alabama citizens, ALEA has continuously examined and modified its Driver License Division operations to ensure the health and safety of both its customers and employees. Temporarily adjusting the online renewal process is but one example of the agency’s commitment to providing quality service during COVID-19.


Alabama Historical Commission 2021 Grant Program
The Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, has opened its 2021 Grant Program with funds appropriated by the Alabama Legislature. Historic sites meeting the eligibility can submit applications now through Aug. 21, 2020. AHC will administer a $ $1,075,000 Grant Program with funds appropriated by the Alabama Legislature in the 2021 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021), for improvements as well as educational programming at historic sites in Alabama. Grants will be awarded to public or non-profit entities who own and operate historic sites in Alabama, reflect an education-based mission, concentrate on educational programming, and reflect the geographical diversity of the state. Grants will not be awarded to any entity receiving funding directly or indirectly from the Education Trust Fund or the General Fund. Grants will also not be awarded to any private or for-profit business or organization. Amounts will not exceed $30,000 for any one entity. Preference will be given to properties built before 1840 that are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, historic school structures, and properties built before 1943 that are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The Alabama Historical Commission’s 2020 Grant Program was very successful – more than $2 million dollars were requested from the $900,000 appropriated funds. Grant Application Guidelines are available on the AHC website. Applicants must complete an official 2021 Historic Sites Grant application available on the AHC website at bit.ly/AHCGrants21. Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to Renee Fuller, Contracts and Grants, Alabama Historical Commission, by Aug. 21, 2020. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. AHC will announce the grant awards in October 2020. All grant guidelines and details about eligibility can be found on the AHC website. To learn more about the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov

SSCC Virtual Info Session for Parents of Incoming
Students
Shelton State Community College will host a virtual information session for parents of incoming students on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. The College’s Virtual Parent Chat 2020 will be hosted on Zoom. Virtual Parent Chat 2020 will include a variety of helpful topics including admission, financial aid, and updated methods of instruction. The discussion will close with a question/answer session in hopes of alleviating any anxiety being experienced ahead of the fall semester. To register for the event, visit Virtual Parent Chat 2020. Participants will be contacted by email 24-48 hours prior to the event with additional information. For additional information, contact the Office of Recruiting at recruiting@sheltonstate.edu.

ADPH Provides Additional COVID-19
Hospitalization Data
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) now provides cumulative statewide COVID-19 hospitalization data supplied by hospital representatives. Numbers of confirmed hospital patients with COVID-19 in Alabama are available on the ADPH COVID-19 dashboard which can be viewed at https://arcg.is/1uKqbC. Up to this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, the cumulative number provided on hospitalizations was based on case investigations entered into Alabama’s disease surveillance system. This number is now a cumulative number of hospitalizations provided to ADPH by the Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS). AIMS is a computer software program that allows ADPH to monitor hospital data during times of emergency. Because of this upgrade, the number of hospitalizations will appear to be higher than previously reported. The number of hospitalizations that will be reported each afternoon will include the total number of admissions/discharges (including deaths) of confirmed COVID-19 patients and the number of admitted patients each day with confirmed COVID-19. A Daily Hospitalizations of Confirmed Cases graph is found on tab 9 of the dashboard and includes the new admissions and current inpatients for that day. This data, along with the cumulative number of hospitalizations, is reported voluntarily by most, if not all, of the 92 acute care hospitals and some specialty hospitals in Alabama through AIMS. Visit alabamapublichealth.gov for COVID-19 more information.

Bama Bug Fest:
On the Web
Bama Bug Fest: On the Web, a collaboration by University of Alabama Museums, UA Libraries and the Tuscaloosa Public Library, will provide interactive videos, interviews with experts and storytelling for all ages every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through July 25. Content will include a family-friendly bug-related stand-up comedy, insect fashion with UA’s Fashion Archive, baking chocolate chirp cookies with Arthropod Apothecary and world-renowned science educator Dr. Sebastian A. Echeverri. Segments will air at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. A Q&A session with the public will be held at the conclusion of each day. Bama Bug Fest will crawl on the web via UA Museums’ YouTube channel; the Tuscaloosa Public Library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page; Alabama Museum of Natural History’s Facebook page; and Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum’s Facebook page. For more information, visit www.bamabugfest.org.


Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting through Aug. 28, 2020, applications for CFAP, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. USDA expects additional eligible commodities to be announced in the coming weeks. Changes to CFAP include: Adding the following commodities: alfalfa sprouts, anise, arugula, basil, bean sprouts, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, celeriac (celery root), chives, cilantro, coconuts, collard greens, dandelion greens, greens (others not listed separately), guava, kale greens, lettuce – including Boston, green leaf, Lolla Rossa, oak leaf green, oak leaf red and red leaf – marjoram, mint, mustard, okra, oregano, parsnips, passion fruit, peas (green), pineapple, pistachios, radicchio, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, fresh sugarcane, Swiss chard, thyme and turnip top greens. Expanding for seven currently eligible commodities – apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, raspberries, tangerines and taro – CARES Act funding for sales losses because USDA found these commodities had a 5 percent or greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Correcting payment rates for apples, artichokes, asparagus, blueberries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, garlic, kiwifruit, mushrooms, papaya, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, tangerines and taro. Additional details can be found in the Federal Register in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Final Rule Correction and at www.farmers.gov/cfap. Producers have several options for applying to the CFAP program: Using an online portal, accessible at farmers.gov/cfap, allows producers with secure USDA login credentials—known as eAuthentication—to certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center. Completing the application form using our CFAP Application Generator and Payment Calculator found at farmers.gov/cfap. This Excel workbook allows customers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, then signed and submitted to their local USDA Service Center. Downloading the AD-3114 application form from farmers.gov/cfap and manually completing the form to submit to the local USDA Service Center by mail, electronically or by hand delivery to an office drop box. In some limited cases, the office may be open for in-person business by appointment. Visit farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status to check the status of your local office.  USDA Service Centers can also work with producers to complete and securely transmit digitally signed applications through two commercially available tools: Box and OneSpan. Producers who are interested in digitally signing their applications should notify their local service centers when calling to discuss the CFAP application process. You can learn more at farmers.gov/mydocs.  New customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer general assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages the team at the FSA county office at their local USDA Service Center.  All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap. All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors may also be required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.  


Black Belt Arts
Symposium 2020 Online
Hosted by the Black Belt Community Foundation and made possible by the support of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Black Belt Arts Symposium returns for 2020 and is undaunted by the pandemic. We’ll be celebrating the rich tapestry of arts of the Alabama Black Belt and exploring the intersection of how the arts can accelerate literacy learning for our scholars. All this and more hosted in our online safe space across three separate ZOOM video conference events! Art connects. Make the connection between Art and Literacy and join us! Be sure to RSVP today by registering at https://bit.ly/BlackBeltArts July 21st Focusing on Best Practices and Presentation at 10 a.m. -12 p.m.; Aug. 18 Tools for Artist Classroom Experience 10 a.m. -12 p.m.; Sept 15 Arts in Education10 a.m. -12 p.m.


Substance Use Disorder Treatment Assistance: Alabama Sees an Increase of Overdoses and Naloxone Distribution in 2020
The emergence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has presented many challenges to Alabamians. During these uncertain times, those who misuse substances are particularly vulnerable. The isolation, lack of social interaction, and normal activities have challenged many individuals who are in recovery. In addition to increased mental health needs, the number of overdoses seen in some parts of the state have also increased. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), there was a significant increase in suspected overdose emergency department (ED) visits when comparing the weeks before and after the stay-at-home orders (effective April 4, 2020). The highest number of overdose-related ED visits that occurred weekly and monthly were during the month of May. There are options for an immediate connection to peer support specialists who can offer resources and important information for someone in need. The Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (ROSS), funded by the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH), offers the state’s only 24/7 Helpline at 1-844-307-1760, manned by certified peer support specialists. Please call this number if you, a family member, or friend should need information related to substance use disorder resources and treatment or just need to talk to someone who understands. ROSS also provides online support groups which can be accessed at www.rosshelpline4u.org. A link to all substance use disorder providers supported by ADMH can be found on the Provider Directory page. Additional group meeting information can be found here.
ADPH, Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) state that Alabama first responders have administered an increased number of doses of the opioid reversing medication, naloxone, in recent months. Naloxone is an easy-to-use antidote for an overdose from heroin or other opioid drugs, allowing for the temporary reversal of an opioid overdose. Naloxone administration totals in 2020 were: January, 544; February 513; March, 499; April 655; and May, 705. Initial June data indicates that naloxone administration by EMS remains higher than pre-pandemic.
Substance use disorders can progress quickly, especially during COVID-19 social isolation. If you are dealing with strong cravings or relapse, contact your provider immediately and, if possible, include your family or close friend. Ask about medication to treat your symptoms, a plan for refills, and options such as urgent or emergency services, as well as the risks of going to the local ED. Many providers are offering virtual visits via webchat or phone. Utilize Crisis lines such as National Association for Mental Illness’ Crisis Text Line. Just text “NAMI” to 741741. Also, you can call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, 24/7, which is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests the following: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body: Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Take proactive steps to safeguard your health.


Alabama Power Foundation Good Roots, Gateway Grant
As part of its longstanding commitment to Alabama communities, the Alabama Power Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020 Good Roots and Gateway grant programs. Good Roots grants provide up to $1,000 to help cities, towns, schools and nonprofit organizations plant trees to enhance community green spaces. New to this year’s program is the option to use the grants to support community beautification efforts. To date, the foundation has awarded more than 690 Good Roots grants totaling more than $620,000 to plant trees at schools, parks and other community locations. The Gateway grant program helps revitalize communities by supporting and advancing city and town promotion efforts. Grants of up to $2,500 provide funding for signs that greet visitors as well as marketing materials and website development. Since 2012, Gateway has awarded more than $100,000 to cities, towns and communities throughout Alabama. The deadline to apply for Good Roots and Gateway grants is Aug. 10. To access online applications and to learn more, visit www.powerofgood.com and click on “Grants.” Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the Alabama Power Foundation has supported Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships using nonratepayer dollars.

It’s that time again firefighters!
Email Sumter County Record Journal your information and a department group photo to scrjmedia@yahoo.com
or mail to SCRJ, PO Box B, Livingston, AL 35470, or drop off at the office at 210 Washington St. in Livingston across from the court house. (Please email preferably scrjmedia@yahoo.com or call ahead to make sure someone is in the office. Office is closed to the public at this time due to COVID-19.)


Deadline is Sept. 21
Example of what we need information wise: Smith Fire Department
Chief is Smithy “Chief” Smithson
Asst. Chief is Lloyd Jones
Secretary is Yolanda “Suga” Purple
Treasurer is Smithy, Jr. Smithson


The proud members of Smith VFD are:
Smith responded to 15 brush fires, 120 accidents, 5 house calls, 6 car fires and a trailer fire. No homes were destroyed. Still seeking volunteer fire fighters and meet the first Saturday of every month. We received 2 grants for new hoses and fire truck.
People who have helped contribute are the Ladies Social Club, Smith Church, Abe “Pop” Smith who mowed the lawn. We will have a fish fry fundraiser in March and give out Halloween treats on Halloween.
We’re looking for your Central West Alabama ghost stories. Know of a ghost story in Sumter, Hale, Tuscaloosa, Marengo, or Pickens County, or had a spooky experience yourself? Email us at scrjmedia@yahoo.com or times@mound.net and we’ll put it on www.recordjournal.net and www.moundvilletimes.net for Halloween. Please let us know the town you are from, the town or area your story occurred and if you would like to use your name or be anonymous. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING TO FACEBOOK!

School Events

Santa Letter deadline for 2020 is Friday, Dec. 4.


Shelton State Community College Drive Through
Nursing Pinning
Ceremony
Shelton State Community College will host a drive through nursing pinning ceremony for the summer 2020 nursing class. The ceremony will be Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the front of the College’s Martin Campus. The pinning ceremony is restricted to the pinning candidate and those accompanying them in a single vehicle. Members of the media are invited and are asked to arrive on campus no later than 5:30 p.m. Shelton State Community College continues to monitor the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, and the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members remain the College’s top priority. Please be advised that all campus visitors must submit to a temperature check prior to building entry and that a facial covering is required. For more information, contact mediacom@sheltonstate.edu.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Success By 6 of United Way of West Alabama is proud to provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books FREE to children ages birth to 5 years old in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Once a month, your child will receive a new book by mail. You only need to do two things: register your child and pledge to read the books to him/her. Please, climb on board Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Since UWWA launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library: 13,467 children have participated in the program in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties. 10,427 children have “graduated” from the program. 443,856 books have been delivered to children in West Alabama. Sign up at https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/


SSCC Second Virtual Info Session for Parents
Due to an overwhelming response to the first session, Shelton State Community College will host a second virtual information session for parents of incoming students on Tues., Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. The College’s Virtual Parent Chat 2020 will be hosted on Zoom. Virtual Parent Chat 2020 will include a variety of helpful topics including admission, financial aid, and updated methods of instruction. The discussion will close with a question/answer session in hopes of alleviating any anxiety being experienced ahead of the fall semester. To register for the event, visit Virtual Parent Chat 2020. Participants will be contacted by email 24-48 hours prior to the event with additional information. For additional information, contact the Office of Recruiting at recruiting@sheltonstate.edu.

Non-Profit Organization Seeks Local Families to Host High School Exchange Students 
Americans are among the most generous people on planet earth. During these times of global uncertainty, more than ever America has an opportunity to demonstrate the strength of its generosity. You can play your part by hosting an international high school exchange student for the upcoming academic year and helping them experience American culture firsthand! ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is looking for local families to host boys and girls ages 15–18 arriving soon to attend community high schools. Students from all over the world – places like Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Czech, and Thailand, to name a few – have been selected to participate based on strong academics and citizenship; all they need now is you! Students are equipped with pocket money for personal expenses, along with accident and illness insurance. Host families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries, and personal interests. International students dream of experiencing the real America as they live and attend high school within your community. Our goal is to make each and every one of those dreams come true. Show the world the best side of America by sharing your country, family, and culture with an exchange student. During this temporary period of social distancing, more than ever we need to look forward to and celebrate opportunities to show hospitality and caring to others. By generously opening your home to a young person from overseas, you can help us continue our global commitment to spreading the ideals of peace, love, and understanding. ASSE’s top concern is the health of our host families, host communities, and exchange students. Even as the U.S. and many other countries continue to live under temporary travel restrictions, we would like to reassure you that these students will not travel unless it is considered safe to do so by the U.S. and foreign agencies entrusted with public health and safety. To become a host family, or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call Pamela at 205-467-3337 or the ASSE Southern Regional Office at 1-800-473-0696 or go to

4-H #InspireKidstoDo Activity
Looking for some easy ways to keep your kids engaged and learning at home? Check out the 4-H #InspireKidstoDo Activity Guide to find 60 hands-on learning activity ideas! Download now: http://bit.ly/38NioDF
Storyline Online
With school closures around the country due to #coronavirus, please use our FREE children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. https://www.storylineonline.net/
Discovery Ed https://www.discoveryeducation.com/coronavirus-response/
BrainPop https://educators.brainpop.com/2020/02/19/free-brainpop-access-for-schools-affected-by-the-corona-virus/?utm_source=organic&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=free-access
Kahoot https://kahoot.com/blog/2020/02/27/kahoot-free-access-schools-higher-education-coronavirus/
Pronto https://pronto.io/coronavirus/
BookCreater App https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/support-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/
Google for Edu https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/distancelearning-covid19
Tynker https://mailchi.mp/tynker/in-support-of-schools-facing-health-related-closure
Buncee https://blog.buncee.com/supporting-remote-student-learning/
Pear Deck https://www.peardeck.com/staying-connected
Kami https://blog.kamiapp.com/remote-learning-with-kami-during-school-shutdowns/
Parlay https://parlayideas.com/school-closure-support/
Elementari https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJ1LAywQdwvNKN_SpsypVA48XOaoCTQoGhuaP7e12fgwPnWA/viewform
EdPuzzle https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039805612-Help-for-schools-affected-by-Covid-19
Wakelet https://wakelet.com/wake/3af73ea4-a652-4e38-934d-765aefe0f35b
Twinkl https://www.twinkl.com/blog/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown-a-guide-for-schools?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=corona
Hapara https://hapara.com/from-home/
Manga High https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/blog/2020-03-06-free-access-schools-online-maths-coronavirus
ListenWire http://blog.listenwise.com/2020/03/listenwise-support-for-schools-affected-by-the-coronavirus/
MobyMax http://press.mobymax.com/mobymax-to-provide-all-k-8-schools-and-school-districts-closed-by-covid-19-with-free-internet-learning-software
GoGuardian https://www.goguardian.com/blog/learning/goguardian-teacher-for-remote-learning/
Seterra Geography https://online.seterra.com/en/p/corona-support
We Video https://www.wevideo.com/education
Education Perfect https://epforlearning.com/2020/education-perfects-technology-minimising-impact-on-100-coronavirus-affected-schools-in-china/
Slido Education https://blog.sli.do/slido-for-education/
Breakout Edu https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
Microsoft Education https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2020/03/how-schools-can-ramp-up-remote-learning-programs-quickly-with-microsoft-teams/
NearPod https://nearpod.com/coronavirus
Zoom https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/02/26/zoom-commitment-user-support-business-continuity-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
ScreenCastify https://twitter.com/Screencastify/status/1226934956930281472
Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com/?fbclid=IwAR0tiDhJA1fs0tvraKnXpDLa2JlJGXQhzPR4UnQRVfbOR1Ca3C5yQY5tNwQ
Age of Learning (ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, ReadingIQ) https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools


UA Museums Goes Online to Provide Educational Content
University of Alabama Museums will begin livestreaming educational content starting March 27. The videos will be on the Facebook pages of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Gorgas House Museum, Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum and Moundville Archaeological Park. While UA museums are closed because of COVID-19, each museum will continue to provide educational outreach through daily programming featuring experts in various fields, offering Q&A time for those watching at home. Dr. William Bomar, executive director of UA Museums, understands people are looking for quality online content that is both educational and entertaining during this time. All livestreams start at 10 a.m. Once finished, Facebook archives livestreams so they will be available to view anytime. The livestream schedule, subject areas and links are: Moundville Archaeological Park on Mondays https://www.facebook.com/moundvillepark/
History on Tuesdays https://www.facebook.com/GorgasHouse/; https://www.facebook.com/mwwtm/
Archaeology on Wednesdays: https://www.facebook.com/; ffice.Of.Archaeological.Research/
Collections or museum-based research on Thursdays: https://www.facebook.com/ALMNH/
Nature and natural science on Fridays: https://www.facebook.com/ALMNH/
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity. Additional news about The University of Alabama can be found at: https://www.ua.edu/news/news-media/

Free Virtual Museum Tours
The Louvre
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs
The Solomon R Guggenheim
https://www.guggenheim.org/collection-online
The National Gallery of Art
https://www.nga.gov/
The British Museum
https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
The Dalí Theatre-Museum
https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/museums/dali-theatre-museum-in-figueres/visita-virtual/
NASA
https://oh.larc.nasa.gov/oh/
https://www.nasa.gov/glennvirtualtours
The Vatican
http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html
http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.html
The National Women’s History Museum
https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/online-exhibits
The National Museum of the United States Air Force
https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Virtual-Tour/
The Google Art Project
https://artsandculture.google.com/
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner


Free Programs at UWA to learn how to become a Certified
Automotive Technician or
Certified Nursing Assistant

Become qualified to work as a CNA, PCA, Home Health Aide or Automotive Technician. Must be between the ages of 18-24. For information call (205) 652-5494 or email jmahaffey@uwa.edu. This project is funded 100% with Federal Funds made available to the State of Alabama Department of Commerce by the U. S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration as the Grantor.