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June 9, 2009

Malone Family Foundation gift to Birmingham-Southern campaign supports Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A $235,860 donation from the Malone Family Foundation to Birmingham-Southern College's Destiny: Delivered comprehensive campaign is expanding the efforts of the Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership (GBMP) to include elementary school teachers.

The goal of the partnership, initiated by BSC in 2004 with a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is to significantly improve the mathematics achievement of approximately 22,000 local students in grades 6-8, while narrowing the mathematics achievement gaps among varied populations of students.

The Malone Family Foundation gift will allow an additional 100 local elementary school teachers to participate in an intensive two-week mathematics course this summer.

“We are delighted that the Malone Family Foundation has so generously supported the GBMP and these elementary school teachers who otherwise would not have been able to participate,” said Dr. Bernadette Mullins, associate professor of mathematics at BSC. “Past participants in this professional development described the experience as ‘life-changing' and ‘enlightening' in terms of the way they understand and teach math.”

The GBMP is a collaboration involving BSC, UAB, nine school systems in the Birmingham metropolitan area, and the Mathematics Education Collaborative, a nonprofit based in Washington state that provides support services to communities to improve mathematics education.

Mullins said the work of the partnership has had a significant impact on area teacher performance and area students' SAT-10 scores.

The mission of the Malone Family Foundation of Birmingham—established in 2006—is to support initiatives that improve the quality of education and to promote positive changes in the lives of people, who in turn can build and enhance the communities in which they live.

Birmingham-Southern's Destiny: Delivered comprehensive campaign seeks to raise in excess of $100 million, in two phases, over several years. The three-year Phase I, announced publicly in March 2008 with more than $30 million already raised, has a goal of $50 million.

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