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Altamont Students Combine Business Education, Service Leadership
Sean Flynt

The Altamont School’s three 6th grade math classes recently completed an interdisciplinary project that combined lessons in running a nonprofit business with the school’s emphasis on service leadership.

The classes collaborated with sophomore students Sarah Patrick Barze, Karen Raymundo-Vega and Riley Pierce to produce and sell t-shirts inspired by service projects the students developed through the school’s C. Kyser Miree Center for Ethical Leadership. Select students work with the center to create and implement multi-year projects based on individual interests that serve a need in the greater Birmingham community. The students also 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.

Math teacher JoAnna Laney said the 6th graders also worked with Ann Trondson, Altamont’s photography teacher and co-director of a local nonprofit, learned about sales and marketing from Holly Blalock of Strong Automotive Merchandising and Jeff Hickam of ForMotiv, collected and used information from Julie Clanton of Homewood Sporting Goods to make decisions about pricing, and explored website design and vector file creation with Rob Dominguez, Altamont’s director of education technology. Miree Center director Beth Dille helped coordinate the older students’ participation in the project.

At a special May 16 event the 6th graders announced that they sold a total of 76 t-shirts, collected 58 individual donations, and received an additional generous donation from Julie Clanton. Altogether, the three classes raised more than $2,300 to support the Miree projects.

View the shirts and Miree Leadership Center projects (shirt sales are now closed)

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