Vestavia Hills Living


Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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exercises, and a running workout. "The lessons inspire the girls to stay true to themselves, embrace the power within them, and honor their bodies," Elmore says. "Each semester-long session culminates in a celebratory 5K run and a group-initiated community service project." L I B E R T Y P A R K M I D D L E S C H O O L At Liberty Park Middle School, the library is not just a place to check out books; it provides opportunities for students to meet award-winning authors, develop career and leadership skills and participate in fun activities. LPMS librarian Jean Deal has been part of the school since 2010. Through her Authors in the Park program, students have not only met famous authors but also received valuable writing tips. Authors that have visited include Watt Key, author of Alabama Moon; Roland Smith, author of Peak; Marian Lazan, author of Four Perfect Pebbles; and Australian author Chris Morphew, author of The Phoenix Files. The library is also the place to learn skills like script writing, filming and movie editing by participating on the broadcast team. Seventh and eighth grade team members arrive at 7:30 every morning to begin filming. Under the guidance of Mrs. Deal, the students gather information, write the script, film, and produce daily newscasts, providing current school news to faculty, students, and parents via the internet. Another student-driven library program is the eighth grade Teen Advisory Board. Deal and student members meet once a week to plan book fairs, suggest books to order, write book reviews and create iMovie book trailers. In addition, the Teen Advisory Board also assists Mrs. Deal during homeroom time by checking books in and out, as well as shelving new and returned books. For the first time in 2013, the LPMS library collaborated with sixth grade social studies classes, the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest teen director and the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate Veterans Day. As an added bonus to this collaboration, a representative from Congressman Spencer Bachus' office met in the library with all sixth grade students and spoke to them about Veterans Day and Washington, D.C. To celebrate the annual "Read Across America" program, Deal invites all students to participate in a bookmark creation contest. Copies of the winning student's bookmark are available in the library. When the Newbery Awards are given each year, Deal encourages students to read the winning books by hosting a Waffle House breakfast in the library for all who create a diorama, poster or iMovie based on a Newbery book. "The LPMS library and media center is a vital link in the daily life of LPMS," says Gifted Teacher Linda Rummel. "Classes are often held in the library and students routinely take advantage of the technology available for their use." With generous help from the LPMS parents and community, the LPMS library no 12 periodicals and . 34 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 4

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