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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Teen Girls Self-Defense Class

Teen Girls Self-Defense Class 
Course Description:
This class will focus on practical self-defense dealing with real life scenarios faced by young ladies of high school or college age.  This class would be suitable for partial PE credit. 
Grade Level:
 9th grade through college, 8th graders may be admitted with instructor approval 
Becky Givens, Sensei
Shingo-ha Yoshukai Karate, Nidan (2nd degree black belt), Sempai (standing teacher)
Martial arts teacher for 6 years, including regular karate classes for all ages and self defense seminars for women and teens
Homeschooling mom of 4 children for 16 years  
Instructor Contact Info:
Contact Becky Givens to register:
Lake Crest Presbyterian Church
560 Lake Crest Dr
Hoover, AL, 35226 
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00am 
$25 non-refundable registration fee, applied to tuition
$100 tuition 
Required Text:
Students will be required to read The Gift of Fear, by Gavin DeBecker. 
Class Minimum:
Minimum of 5 students.  If class minimum is not reached, class will be cancelled and registration fees will be returned.

    phone: 205-668-9865

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The Table - Volunteer to Help Feed the Homeless

The TableVolunteer to Help Feed Hungry, Homeless Men and Women in the Birmingham Area with Local Organization "The Table"
The Table is a grassroots effort to provide food - and hope - to hungry and homeless people in the Birmingham, Alabama area.  Every Saturday and Sunday, volunteers from the community prepare food in their homes and bring it to a homeless shelter where it served with love to men and women who are in need.  The volunteers bring the food to the table and serve the guests as they would in their own home.

The motto of The Table is "Always room for one more."  The goal is for each meal to feel like a family dinner where everyone is welcome.

The Table is not an organization in the traditional sense.  There are no officers, no by-laws, and no meetings.  It is a movement, a spirit, that provides love and hope to those in our community who need it the most.

Everyone is encouraged to participate.  It is a great opportunity for youth groups to be part of something special.

For more information, please contact Chris Retan atChris_Retan@Yahoo.com or visit www.thetableonline.org.

Copied from Birmingham Parent

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Homeschool Scholarships

2010 Homeschool Graduate Makes Scholarship Road Easier for Others
OCEAN PARK, WA—After spending much of the past year hunting down scholarships available to home-schooled students, David Craft realized there was a problem. “There are lots of scholarships available only to those in traditional schools, but none to speak of just for homeschooled students,” he lamented. “When I searched online for ‘homeschool scholarships’ I came up with only a few results, most of which had nothing to do with homeschooling.”
When David saw that many scholarships were in the $200 to $500 range, he realized there were businesses run by home school families who could probably also offer scholarships. “Perhaps they had just never thought of doing it,” he said.” It’s an important concern, because while some general scholarships invite homeschoolers to apply, the forms are designed for students in traditional schools. They place a lot of emphasis on class rank, and often have several pages asking for involvement in student government, school clubs, and student leadership positions. Homeschooled students are clearly the underdogs in these competitions.”
David, along with the support of his family, has launched a new Website located at homeschoolscholarships.org. The two-fold purpose, as stated on the site, is “to inspire businesses and individuals to recognize the unique potential of homeschooled students by creating scholarships designed for them, and to provide a place for homeschooled students to find those scholarships.” Businesses who provide scholarships will be given a link to their own Web site.
Not destined to become another of the many scholarship search sites, this site will feature only those scholarships designed specifically for homeschool students, or scholarships that have a proven record of being homeschool-friendly. David hopes the homeschool community throughout the nation will help provide him with little-known scholarship opportunities to post on his site. He’s well on his way with 15 homeschool-specific scholarships already listed, and hopes to grow the list as more businesses and organizations decide to take the challenge. David can be contacted through the Web site.
Homeschool organizations are invited to link to homeschoolscholarships.org if they believe the Web site will be of service to homeschool families.

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Discovery Clubs of Alabama Volunteer Opportunity

Debbi - Can you please forward this to the Everest group or include it in your next newsletter? I wanted to share an opportunity that some of the teens or moms might be interested in. My family has recently gotten involved with the Discovery Clubs of Alabama. This organization provides an opportunity to share Jesus with kids in public schools all through out Jefferson county. The Discovery Clubs conduct an after school bible club in 100 schools in the Birmingham area. Volunteers can serve as little as 2 hours per week (one club meeting) or choose to get more involved and help with multiple clubs. It's a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus, to share God's love with kids who may not attend church or ever hear God's word, to show love to a child who is hungry for positive attention. I'm including a link to their website below. Training for volunteers begins in August so it's not too late to get involved for the upcoming school year!

To serve as a volunteer, you must be at least 16 years old so I thought this would be a great opportunity for some of the teens in our home school group. Also, moms who may want to get involved but have kids younger than 16 are also welcome and can bring their children along with them when they serve! I have been assured that my twin 10 year old daughters are more than welcome to come along with me when I perform my volunteer duties.

I hope some of you will prayerfully consider this opportunity to share God's love in the public schools with children who so desperately need to hear it!


For further information about volunteering, please send an email to:
volunteer@discoveryclubsofal.org or you may call the Discovery Clubs
at (205) 941-9852.

Suzanne Thomas

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KUDOS to Everest

KUDOS for Everest Academy
Updated Dec. 21, 2010

Every once in a while, I will get a request from prospective new families for references. So, several months ago I sent a message out in the newsletter asking for references.  Below I have listed some of the responses (There were WAY too many to list them all!).  Thanks ever so much to EVERY one who replied.  You all mean so much to me!

Please note:  Some of the references have email addresses included.  These email addresses were active at the time that the reference was provided (but you know how those email addresses tend to change from time to time!).  If you try to email someone and it bounces, please let me know.
  • I have been with Everest Academy since 2007. It has been a great experience and Deb Spradlin the Administrator is great to work with. Would recommend Everest to anyone wanting to homeschool. ~Regina L Kent.
  • My name is Debbie Carden, and I live in Tuscaloosa, AL. Although I am a public school teacher, I have been homeschooling my son since 7th grade. In 7th grade, we went with a local cover-school and we were not happy with the experience. We considered just sending my son back to public school but luckily we found Everest Academy. I can't even begin to tell you how happy we have been with Everest. My son is now in his junior year and we have talked about moving out of state and the only thing holding us back is he wants to finish his homeschool career with Everest. Debbi Spradlin is FULL of knowledge and always willing to help. Her newsletters are fantastic and give you so many options of things to do, there is no way you could ever do them all. The people in Everest Academy are very eclectic but they are all really nice. I am so glad that I found Everest Academy because it has really made my son's homeschool experience a fantastic one! You can not go wrong by joining Everest Academy! If you have any questions, I would be glad to answer them. My e-mail address is: zacsmomdeb@yahoo.com
  • Everest Academy has offered so many opportunities and freedoms in educating my children that restored my job of homeschooling.   Deb works endless hours striving to improve our already excellent school.....Everest Academy is more than just a cover school.....it's a FAMILY school.  ~Scott and Kim LoveJoy
  • I'm so happy that we switched to Everest Academy. The website is comprehensive and well done. Deb Spradlin communicates well without over-doing it and she stays on top of things. We are very pleased with our association with Everest Academy.  - Eileen Ponas, watusirodeo@hotmail.com
  • Everest Academy has been absolutely wonderful! It offers so many activities & field trips that other homeschooling programs do not. Also, the administrator, Debbi Spradlin, is always sharing information and links for educational resources. I've loved our experiences with Everest Academy and highly recommend them to anyone who is considering homeschooling.  ~Amy A Hammett iamabeloved@gmail.com
  • Deb was a great help to us in beginning our homeschooling journey. The Everest Academy website is a wealth of information to a new homeschooling family.  ~Melody Johnson
  • Our family has homeschooled through Everest Academy for several years and has never been happier with a cover school. We have two daughters ages 15 and 12 (in 2010).  Debbie Spradlin is our ideal of an administrator: she offers a wealth of homeschool-related information, including informational articles, links to everything necessary to homeschool through graduation, free and low-cost activities, field trips from the local zoo to DisneyWorld, Mexican cruises, and more. Everest offers a huge buffet of options from which to pick as you find the need. We really appreciate not having to attend meetings, request approvals, fill out forms, reports, etc. Ms. Spradlin knows Alabama law regarding home educating and her attitude that the parents know best how to educate their own children is evident in all she does.  ---Kristen Lindelow, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Our family has greatly enjoyed being a part of Everest for the past year.  We love the variety, quantity and quality of activities that Everest provides.  ~Cindy Wentworth Wentworthbutterfly@yahoo.com
  • The administrator provides wonderful support; anytime I need anything, she responds very quickly, sometimes going to a lot of trouble to get me what I need.  ~Tonia M. Stulting
  • Everest Academy provides a wealth of information and opportunities to its students and families.  ~Christine Ecklund cwe35758@yahoo.com
  • "Being an Everest Academy family means having the freedom to educate our children our way."  Thank you for all you do.  ~Kelley Gregory
  • I am writing to express my gratitude to Everest Academy. It's a pleasure to work with Debbi who knows the meaning of efficiency and professionalism. You have made my transition to home schooling a piece of cake.  ~Christie Gody cgody@c2cresources.com 
  • We love Everest. With Everest Academy, we are free to truly homeschool in the way that works best for our family. They offer a buffet of options, and we are free to utilize the options that we want, without judgment for not participating in other options. After so much drama and catty-ness in other groups, Everest is very refreshing!  ~Terri LaPoint
  • Everest Academy (through Deb) is a great cover school and provides many, many resources, field trips and other activities.  I would (and often do) recommend it to anyone!  ~Jeannine Whitley 
  • My experience with Everest has been wonderful. From the administrator, who is very helpful and resourceful, down to the families, who are more than ready to help a fellow homeschooler. Everest always has tons of activities going on for the kids, teens as well as smaller kids. And always very willing to help in anyway possible to make our homeschooling experience wonderful.  ~ Tracy Thompson
  • My family loves Everest Academy.  The administrator is great to work with and provides so many different activities through the year.  I think this is one of the best cover schools out there and has definitely eased my homeschool journey.  ~Lisa McAnnally 
  • I'll gladly give a reference for you.   I think you are amazing!  Everest Academy offers a daily newsletter, outdoor adventures, teen scene, American Girl, Jr. Master Gardener, park days, monthly art lessons, driver's education, field trips, graduation, and a wonderful website with a lot of homeschool help!  Thanks, Deb, for all you do for homeschooling!  ~Ruth Williams
  • Working with Everest Academy has been a great asset to our family.  ConniC333@aol.com 
  • If I have any questions, problems that need to be solved, Everest Academy has always been kind and understanding and very quick with responses.  Heather Matthews-slmatt4@yahoo.com
  • This is my second year with Everest Academy and we are very pleased. Everest provides an enormous amount of home schooling information/activities for all ages. Deb respects each family's method to home school without the burden of excessive paperwork and rules. Deb also responds quickly to e-mails.  ~Eva Nave
  • Everest Academy has given us the guidance that we had been looking for prior to enrolling.  Assistance is only an email away and we have always received a quick response to our numerous questions.  I would recommend Everest Academy to anyone.  ~Chrissy Benson
  • Everest Academy has been the perfect balance of the freedom that we wanted and the support we needed. ~Chris Roberson
  • “Everest Academy is a custom adapting cover school. They have as many activities as you could ever want to do, while still leaving all the choices up to you! Its perfect!”~Emily Rainer 
  • Since finding Everest, my children have loved homeschooling even more. Deb is a wonderful and very helpful supporter. I am very thankful for her and Everest to be a part of our home schooling adventure. The first cover school we used had no field trips or park days or anything for the kids to do, but at Everest there is something every week (usually every day almost) for us to go and meet new friends or see old ones. I highly recommend Everest Academy to anyone even thinking of homeschool especially all my friends or anybody that I meet! Hope to see you around Everest very soon :)  ~Patricia (Trysha) Hollie
  • "We love that Everest Academy offers so many great opportunities to the homeschool community and always look forward to seeing what new things will be offered each year. Everest also offers many ways to stay informed of upcoming opportunities which makes it a great resource for homeschoolers."  ~Briana Moore
  • Choosing Everest Academy was one of the best decisions we have made.  ~J. White maysmami@yahoo.com http://shoalsareahomeschooling.ning.com/
  • Everest Academy provides outstanding support to it's families so they can be successful every step of the way - no matter how long or why a family chooses to home school.  ~Judy Cornelius judycorny@charter.net
  • As a former teacher, sometimes you have to look further than traditional schooling for an education.  Everest Academy, Debbi Spradlin in particular, has been incredible.  She has worked with me on getting my own child and other kids out of schooling woes to homeschooling wows!  I am extremely thorough in my research, I do not put my name on anything that I cannot stand behind 100% and as you can see, I proudly recommend Everest Academy.  ~Jayne Pierce
  • We loved the time we spent as homeschoolers with Everest Academy.  Deb, the director, is so connected with what is going on throughout the state and the regional directors plan a wide variety of educational opportunities.  I am in awe of just how much we were missing with other coverings!  I feel confident that someone in her network of families could address any question that might come up regarding homeschooling, education or plain old anything you wanted to try or do!  ~Donna Satterlee Ross dsatterleeross@gmail.com
  • "I love that Everest Academy allows us the discretion to choose how and when to school our children, but also how they work so hard to make us aware of the educational opportunities available.  It's really the best of both worlds: lots of freedom and less stress!"  -Jennifer Berry (jberry@ironicdesign.com)
  • "Blessings! Everest has been a wonderful fit for our family. We have a micro-farm, small business, and a love for travel. Everest gave us the freedom to transform our busy life into a home school family. I love the choices available to the kids and the variety of families and activity options. Learning in the freedom of educational choices for us was the reason we considered Everest, but it's the hard work of Deb and the families at Everest that have kept us enrolled!"  ~Steven and Shellina Ryals
  • "I'm so glad we chose Everest Academy as our cover school!  Deb's weekly newsletter is filled with activities for homeschoolers across the state.  She finds fun events and unique classes, coordinates field trips, and helps families connect.  Online enrollment and renewal couldn't be easier.  Best part is that she respects parents constitutional rights and does not require meetings, documentation (report cards, curriculum approval, etc.) or religious affiliation that many cover schools demand.  Alabama is a wonderful state for homeschooling freedom and Everest Academy truly supports that!"
    ~The O'Connor Family


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FREE Flying Lesson

Free First Flight Lesson for Young Eagles
EAA has announced a new program to help Young Eagles move to the left seat. The program is part of a new Young Eagles Flight Plan, which is developing a number of programs to encourage young people to consider flying and aviation careers. Read more

Put Your Face in Space
Seats on the last shuttle missions are full, but that doesn't mean you can't go too. Instead of just being one of the faces in the crowd; you now can become the face of NASA. The space agency is inviting the public to send electronic images of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions. Read more
Face in Space
A picture of your face can take a trip to space under a program meant to allow the public to be a part of history and participate in the final space shuttle missions.
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Huntsville Homeschool P.E.

Huntsville Homeschool PE classes for ages 5 and up start again at the SE YMCA on Weatherly Road on August 3. The classes meet twice a week on Tues. and Thurs. and the children will be in two groups: 8 and older and 5-7. Classes are 9 - 10:00 and 12 - 1:00.

Students participate in numerous sports activities during the year, including swimming, outdoor activities, agility adventures, Presidential Fitness testing,and more.

The commitment is only a month at a time. Come and check it out! You can sign up for 1x or 2x a week. Members pay $18/child 2x/wk; $9/child 1x/wk; and non-members pay $25/child 2x/wk; $12.50 1xwk. Additional children in same family receive discount of $5.

Call the YMCA at 256-883-9622 for more details. You may sign up on Aug. 3. Hope we'll see you there!

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