Page Pals

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Mayor Randall Woodfin’s Call to Action 

Page Pals Objective 

The City of Birmingham is partnering with Birmingham City Schools and the community with one goal in mind— to improve student reading ability. Page Pals is a reading program designed to produce more effective 3rd grade student readers both inside and outside the classroom.

To support our students, Page Pals is a reading initiative created in partnership with BCS to increase reading proficiency for elementary school students, specifically K-3. Page Pals creates more opportunities for students to read outside of the normal classroom setting at school with volunteers.

Birmingham students need your help. We are encouraging volunteers and organizations to assist at designated 3rd grade library times through read-aloud and conversation. Through Page Pals, volunteers are aimed to help students increase the amount of time they spend reading and help students build their background knowledge in social studies and science.

Please select from the criteria that matches your request most.

For BCS Schools  Individual Volunteer  For Business & Organizations



 Alabama Literacy Act Resources 

With the passage of the Alabama Literacy Act and its implementation on the horizon, it is more important now than ever before to ensure that our students are proficient readers and that they are afforded greater opportunities for reading practice and experiences. Only 54% of 3rd grade students in Birmingham City Schools  are effectively achieving grade level reading as measured by the 2023 State of Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP).

About the Alabama Literacy Act 

Also, according to the 2022-23 ACAP, the percentage of 3rd graders in BCS that are achieving grade level reading is 54%, down from last year’s stat of 56%. Click here full the complete data breakdown


Resources for Parents 


Resources for Students 


Important Information 

ACAP Summative Tutorial Information (

  • This video contains ACAP Summative Online Tutorial information. Students can access this at home and practice navigating the assessment platform with questions similar to those they will see on the spring ACAP Summative.

The Alabama Literacy Act (updated 8.15.23) (

  • This video provides an overview of the Alabama Literacy Act.

Alabama Literacy Act for Families (Spanish) (

This video provides an overview of the Alabama Literacy Act in Spanis