At Altamont, we believe that all students have the ability to lead. The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center helps students find their unique expression of leadership and empowers them to discover the strength and beauty of service through The Four Pillars of the Miree Center.
Learn about the wonderful work our students are doing in the Birmingham community.
Upper School Miree Leaders create and implement Miree Projects based on individual interests that serve a need in the greater Birmingham community. Additionally, Miree Leaders complete over 80 hours of community service, attend 12 cultural events, and successfully defend their leadership experiences in order to earn the Miree Commendation on the Altamont diploma. An example of a Miree Project is a 5K color run that two students created to raise money and awareness for the nonprofit Rise Against Hunger. Through their efforts more than 40,000 meals were purchased and packaged.
Middle School students apply to the LEAD program and collaboratively develop Middle School initiatives within the Altamont community. LEAD projects include Middle School dances, service projects, and all-school assemblies. In Feb. 2019, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke at Altamont's Black History month assembly at the invitation of Middle School LEAD students.
Service Corps is Altamont’s hub for community service. Service Corps participants step out into the community with open hearts and open minds to assist people and causes in need of help.
Spring 2021 Miree Center Service Corp Opportunities
10th grader Priya Soni is bringing a pilot online reading/literacy program to Alabama for her Miree Project, and we'd love for 7th-12th grade students (and/or parents) to apply to teach reading to students at Irondale Community School. Tutoring will take place online on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30 minutes between 4:15-5:15 p.m. To volunteer, click here.
Fall 2020 Miree Center Service Corp Drives
What to donate: Pads, tampons, menstrual cups, feminine wipes, small hand warmers (used as heating pads), Advil, zip locks, and panty liners.
Let's Break the Outbreak (Oct. 13-16)
Ronald McDonald House Drive (Oct. 13-23)
Heritage Panel teaches tolerance and acceptance through discourse. Panelists bring personal stories into the classroom as the springboard for dialogue about values and beliefs.
Through lectures, films, and focus groups, Altamont students are exposed to cultural and global issues in our own backyard and around the world. Friends of the World is a Middle School arm of Miree with a focus on global and environmental awareness.
List of Current Partners and Miree Project Placements
AG Gaston Boys and Girls Club
Alabama Environmental Council
Dress Code Committee
Monarch Butterfly Community
New Student Orientation Overhaul
Student Driver Safety
Boys and Girls Club
Community Food Bank
Disability Rights and Resources
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Helen’s Angels for Children’s Hospital Cardiac Unit
Kick Butts Antismoking
Red Mountain Park
Rise Against Hunger
Saint Martins in the Pines Memory Care Unit
STAIR (Start The Adventure in Reading) at IPC
Students Today, Leaders Forever
Overview of Miree Center
Requirements for Leadership Program
Miree Student Advisory Board
Katherine Berdy '91
Director, C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center
Director, Global Initiative
Laura Ottaviani-Chacon Director, Service Corps
Director, Heritage Panel