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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.

Dec. 3 (Deadline Nov. 26), Bham: Chanukah Festival of Lights and Southern Fried Chanukah

December 3, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Chanukah Festival of Lights and Southern Fried Chanukah. As part of Everest Studies in World Culture and Religion, we are studying Judaism in the month of December. Birmingham's Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) is hosting the Chanukah Festival of Lights where we will learn about Chanukah while eating Latkes and participating in a "Dreidel War." These events are free of charge and open to the public. If you would like to attend the Chanukah Festival of Lights as part of our group, please email Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com by November 26.

There is also an optional "Southern Fried Chanukah" dinner on the same night. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased from the LJCC website by December 1st - $10 per adult plate, $6 per child plate. Each family is responsible for registering for the dinner on their own. http://www.bhamjcc.org/events/2013/12/03/events/festival-of-lights-southern-fried-chanukah-celebration/

3960 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, Al 35213

Huntsville: Swim Lessons


My name is Paula Smith. I will begin teaching swimming lessons for Homeschoolers at the University Fitness Center on the UAH campus in January. I have 38 years of experience in teaching swimming and hold a BS degree in Health, Physical Education and a MS degree in Exercise Physiology.  Classes are for all ages. The classes could also help teenagers get their Physical Education credits for graduation. Classes will be taught during the day. 

My cell number is 256-527-9911. Email: smith3390@aol.com

Thank you,

November iServe Project: Holiday Mail for Heroes

iServe Homeschool Service Club is for homeschoolers in the Greater Birmingham and surrounding areas who are interested in cultivating a desire to volunteer and serve in their community.

We plan hands-on service opportunities for our homeschool students, which vary by locations, dates, times, etc., according to the service opportunity coordinated, but all events will be in the Greater Birmingham area or surrounding communities in Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Blount counties. We strive to coordinate opportunities for all ages, 0-99, but occasionally there will be restrictions for the venue or type of volunteering needed. 

Our November project will be making cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, sponsored by the American Red Cross.
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.

RESCHEDULED!!! Nov. 12, Tuscumbia: Cotton Gin Tour


Nov. 12
Spring Valley Cotton Gin
2240 Spring Valley Rd
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This is a guided tour of an operating gin.

Everyone needs to meet in the parking lot of the gin by 8:45 a.m. The tour will start at 9:00 a.m..

This is a free event!

Please email darlakayhicks@aol.com if you would like to attend.

Nov. 11, Florence: Map & Compass Class

Map & Compass Class

November 11th
9:00 a.m.
McFarland Park in Florence

Class info:
- Learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map.
- Orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass.
- Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass.
- How to plot your current position on your map.
- Use a map a compass to navigate to new locations and build confidence in your skills.

The class will last about an hour and end with a fun treasure hunt letting the children use their skills.

The class will be taught by fellow homeschooler, Summer McCreless. She has been an avid hiker/backpacker for many years. Summer has also previously taught Map and Compass with Alabama Outdoors and was an instructor with Outward Bound.

Your child will need a compass similar to this.

The cost of the class is $10 for first child and $5 for additional children.

McFarland Park
200 James M. Spain Dr.
Florence, Al

We will meet at the first pavilion on the camping side of the park. Near the restrooms.

Contact Darlakayhicks@aol.com if you would like to attend or have any questions. Payment may also be sent via PayPal to that email address.

Nov. 14, Gardendale: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints Tour

Thursday, November 14
12:30 PM. 
1927 Mt Olive Blvd
Gardendale, AL 35071

For the third month of our Studies in World Religion series we will be looking at Mormonism, also called the Latter Day Saints. We will meet at 12:30 on the Temple lawn for a picnic lunch and conversation (bring your own - lunch will NOT be provided) and then convene to the Chapel for an informative talk with Temple Elders.

You MUST sign up for this field trip in advance by contacting Danielle Dowell at 4neerdowells@gmail.com.