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Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week 20

As API enters the twentieth week publishing Anchored in Alabama, our team continues to be encouraged by the stories we hear from you and from local media. It is clear that our faith communities and businesses are stepping up to today’s challenges.

We continue to say “Thank You” for your support of this publication. As always, we hope you find it uplifting.

Anchored in Alabama, Week Twenty


1. Birmingham Charter School Opens in Person as City Schools Remain Online-Only
While Birmingham City Schools remains closed for in-person instruction for the first quarter of the school year, the state’s newest charter school, i3 Academy, has opened in Birmingham with three options for parents depending on their needs and comfort level with in-person classes. Parents can choose full-time in-person learning, blended learning (some in-person, some online), or online-only learning. Located in the Woodlawn neighborhood in east Birmingham, the charter school already has 420 students in its first school year, making it the largest charter school in the state.

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2. Spring Hill College in Mobile Cutting Tuition in Half
Mobile’s Spring Hill College, a private college and the first Catholic college in the South, announced Monday that it is cutting costs for students, including a 50% reduction to tuition. Currently, tuition is roughly $42,000 a year, making it the most costly college experience in the state. The new rate of $21,100 will begin in the fall of 2021.

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3. End of Alabama High School Football Game Garners National Attention
The Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Wetumpka football game this weekend received national attention thanks to a last-minute play that included nine laterals, fifteen changes in who was carrying the ball, and an eventual touchdown. The 50-second-plus play resulted in Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa defeating Wetumpka 34-30 on the last second effort and a suggestion by a Pennsylvania reporter that it might be “the greatest ending to a high school football game.” Watch the play here.

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4. Alabama Doctor Working in the NBA Bubble
Sara Gould, a sports medicine physician from UAB and Children’s of Alabama, has been working on the ground in Disney World’s NBA Bubble since mid-July. She, along with other physicians, is helping players get the medical support they need while largely quarantined from the rest of the world. She’s also managed to respond to the social justice theme of recent NBA games without much criticism by putting her hand over her heart and kneeling during the national anthem to show her support for both the nation and social justice.

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