The Miracle League is an organization that provides opportunities for children with mental and physical disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities. Their goal at The Miracle League is to help local communities build Miracle League facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families around the globe. Miracle League fields can be found in 5 countries and serves more than 200,000 children and adults. The Miracle League of West Mobile: Schmidt Family Park will be the first Miracle League field in Mobile County. The Miracle League of West Mobile: Schmidt Family Park will be constructed on Johnson Road, about two miles southwest of the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Snow Road. The baseball field will feature a synthetic rubberized turf that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. The field will have double-wide lanes, allowing the players more space as they round the bases. The park will also include a regular baseball field for children who are middle-school-aged, a concessions/restroom building, a playground for children with disabilities, and parking. The hope is to one day build a school on the site for special-needs students. Several community organizations have already stepped up to the plate, donating land, offering a plan to pave the road, and more. The key players thus far are: the Alabama Pecan Development Company, Inc., Schmidt-Barton Family Fund, South Alabama Utilities, Mobile County Public Schools and the Mobile County Commission. The Schmidt-Barton Family Fund has pledged to give up to $1 million in matching funds toward the estimated $3.2 million in construction costs.
The students in Baker's Disc Golf Club have been meeting every Monday after school for the entire school year, learning the ins and outs of how to play disc golf. All of this hard work has been put in to prepare the students for a local disc golf tournament on April 21, 2018, called the Southside Smackdown, held at the University of South Alabama and Langan Park. The entry fee for each student to play the tournament is $30, and there are 6 active students in the club that are ready to play in the tournament. Disc golf is not a championship sport through the AHSAA, so the students and club sponsor are responsible for covering many of the fees throughout the year involving the club. For this year's tournament, we would like to present the opportunity for others to "sponsor" these students, helping them pay the entry fee to compete in the tournament.
Technology is taking over in the 21st century. As a teacher that often uses technology in the classroom to engage my students, we are in need of things to help make that possible. My students are in need of quality I-pad ear-buds and computer headphones. This will keep down distractions during small group rotations, and keep my students actively engaged with their activities.
I teach 600 students a week and we are in need of some new oil pastels for various art projects. Art inspires and makes imaginations come alive. But we need supplies to make it happen. Help our artists become all they can be!
I am an elementary art teacher at 6 local public schools and I am requesting some high-quality, kid-safe charcoal artists pencils that will give my students the experience of using the real tools of the artist. A a full classroom set of black and white charcoal pencils will last well beyond this year. My 5th graders are blossoming into young adults, and will be moving on to middle school next year. Some of them have already demonstrated exemplary art skills. My passion is to bring authentic art experiences to young people. Not just art in and of itself, but interwoven with the rich, multi-cultural and integrated education we are providing. Research shows that integrating the arts with subjects like math and science can increase student understanding and help close the achievement gap for my students. Art inspires and makes imaginations come alive. But we need supplies to make it happen. Help our artists become all they can be!