BETTER BASICS is Helping Birmingham Area Children Improve Their Reading Skills

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage South


Wouldn't it be wonderful if all children could read?



Better Basics, Inc. is a non-profit United Way agency that provides a variety of programs to schools to help students who may be be struggling with their reading skills.

It all began in 1994, with one elementary school in Birmingham.  Better Basics has grown a bit since that time, having been invited to more than 60 schools in and around Birmingham.

Their mission is "to advance literacy by providing intervention and enrichment in high-need schools".  Thousands of students have benefited by the many books, enrichment programs, and tutoring that the agency provides.

Along with teachers and staff, many volunteers are needed to provide young readers with the help they need to improve their reading and learning skills.


To learn more, or if you would like to find out how to become a volunteer or a financial supporter, please visit Better Basics website.



Better Basics, Inc.

200 Beacon Parkway West

Suite 200

Birmingham AL 35209




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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hello Ann. What a great group for the advocacy of being literate. We all need to better communicate in the world and any efforts toward this end are very worthwhile. Happy Memorial Day weekend Ann!!

May 22, 2009 09:47 AM #1
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Ann - There is nothing more important today for our children than improving their reading skills.   My 7 yr. old granddaughter loves to read and I so enjoy listening to her when she wants to read a story to me.  This is a wonderful program that is so beneficial to all the children in Birmingham.

May 22, 2009 09:50 AM #2
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

I love this.  I am a firm believer that most won't know how much they would love to read until they are introduced to reading.

May 22, 2009 01:25 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ann - It sounds like a GREAT program.  I have always felt that if you could teach a kid to read, then learning other subjects became so much easier because they had access through books.

May 22, 2009 02:42 PM #4
Jess Graves
JessGravesDesigns.Com - Bristol, PA
Bucks County Decordiva of Home Staging

Great Program, .....children sometimes need someone special to help them learn to read! Everyone learns at different speeds and in a classroom its very difficlut to get alot of one on one instruction. This an excellent program.

May 23, 2009 01:30 AM #5
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

This sounds wonderful.  I am a reading fanatic and feel it is so important to be able to read.  What a gift.  I know many kids who are falling behind may feel embarrassed and not say anything.  I'm glad they have help!

May 23, 2009 06:33 AM #6
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Ann, This sounds like such a great program.  Although reading skills come easy for some children, others need that extra help that tutoring provides.

May 23, 2009 02:25 PM #7
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