Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today....
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh worked out on this Exercise Monday with Curtis Starks at EVO Be Fit. It is located at 2006 2nd Avenue North. Evo is a Boot camp style workout center with it's own personal training program tailored to your goals while sharing the attention of your trainer with a few other clients. For more information, call 205-583-3000 log on to www.trainatevo.com.
ASK THE GARDENER - Brooke McMinn with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens joined us to take questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Botanical Gardens at www.bbgardens.org.
MOMMY MINUTE - In today's mommy minute, Clare Huddleston shared a personal story about her daughter, Libby. When Libby was a few weeks old, she was diagnosed with a tongue tie. A tongue tie is when the tongue is restricted by a piece of skin called the frenum. It can cause pain when nursing and it can impact a child's speech later in life. Doctors can cut or laser the frenum to give the tongue more freedom. Clare Huddleston showed us how the procedure works in today's Mommy Minute.
SCHOOL TAX VOTE - Voters in Jefferson County get to vote on 100-million dollars in funding for Jefferson County schools. At least six superintendents and the Jefferson County Board of Education ask you to renew a property tax first approved in 1987. The referendum on March 7th would not add any new taxes... but rather extend the current tax rate for 30 years. For example... if you own a 100 thousand dollar home, you'd see a tax reduction of at least $214 should the vote fail. But school officials hope to convince voters that the money generated is critical to several districts. Over the last couple of months, they've been distributing yard signs and even holding press conferences to let people know the importance of these funds and this vote. They say the loss of these taxes would be devastating to education in Jefferson County Schools. Learn more about the reasons they want you to vote yes at www.voteforstudents.org. There is no organized group in opposition to the tax renewal.
AMERICORPS WEEK - AmeriCorps Week is March 4-11. Do you know exactly what this program is and how it benefits the community? AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps but is designed for those who want to serve within the United States rather than internationally. Last year, YWCA AmeriCorps members contributed more than 65,000 service hours to Birmingham and other communities in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount and St. Clair Counties.
YWCA Central Alabama will celebrate AmeriCorps Week March 4-11, 2017 to spotlight the outstanding service of its 40 AmeriCorps members. Events include a Meet and Greet Celebration for staff, alums and partners on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the YWCA, 309 23rd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203. AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps but is designed for those who want to serve within the United States rather than internationally. Last year, YWCA AmeriCorps members contributed more than 65,000 service hours to Birmingham and other communities in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount and St. Clair Counties. "Since this year's program started in September, our AmeriCorps member have served more than 16,000 individuals, including veterans and disadvantaged children and youth," said AmeriCorps Assistant Director Angela Scott Abdur-Rasheed. In addition to serving with YW programs, members serve with partnering agencies, including: One Roof, Community Policing and Revitalization, Safehouse of Shelby County, AlaQuest, Food Bank of Central Alabama, Heart Gallery of Alabama, Railroad Park Foundation, Girls on the Run, Girls, Inc., Junior Achievement, Alabama Environmental Council, Mothers' Milk Bank, Freshwater Land Trust, Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program, YMCA Northeast Branch, Norwood Resource Center, YouthServe and Woodlawn United Foundation. Each AmeriCorps member devotes more than 1,720 hours each year to serving the community. Members receive a small living allowance during their service, an educational award at the end of service and the gratification of knowing they are changing lives for the better. For more information on the YWCA's AmeriCorps program, visit www.ywcabham.org/americorps.