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Concert to honor popular music teacher

Coral Reef High School Choral Director John Rose will be recognized at a concert to benefit Where Every Child is a Star Inc., of which he is president and founder. Recently diagnosed with ALS, he has been an advocate of music education for 40 years.
Coral Reef High School Choral Director John Rose will be recognized at a concert to benefit Where Every Child is a Star Inc., of which he is president and founder. Recently diagnosed with ALS, he has been an advocate of music education for 40 years.

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John Rose has been helping his music students find their potential as performers for 40 years. Soon they will thank him in style with a concert to raise funds for his project, the opening of the Conservatory of the Performing Arts, “Where Every Child is a Star!”

Rose has been the choral director at Coral Reef High School for 15 years, and before that he taught for 22 years at South Dade High. Many of his current and former students are expected at the concert, and the reception afterwards to honor him.

They will tell stories of how their teacher’s encouragement has helped them live their dreams. They will tell how he has inspired them. And they will cheer him on.

Rose has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But that diagnosis will not keep him from continuing to encourage this school year at Coral Reef High where he teaches students to “be the best they can be and to never give up.”

The “Where Every Child is a Star!” concert will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Aug. 10, at the South-Miami Dade County Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., in Cutler Bay. Planned are performances by students and distinguished guests with a variety of entertainment including the WECIAS Children’s Choir, soloists, ensembles, dancers, and instrument players.

Where Every Child is a Star Inc. offers summer performing arts camps, student leadership conferences, music education, music teacher conferences, musical theater training, and programs such as “Healing Harmonies” and “Supernova Singers.” Rose is the WECIAS founder and president.

The group has volunteers, who are professional teachers and entertainers, staff many of the activities and programs. Others activities are led by trained high school students.

Rose and his wife Laura said they are “grateful for the many volunteers who never tire of helping kids achieve their highest potential, musically and otherwise.”

"Realizing the support of our community has been such an uplifting experience,” they said in email. “We are proud to be a part of Where Every Child is a Star and associated with the tireless volunteers and kids who make it all worthwhile.”

The WECIAS Board of Directors, Alan Caves, Alicia Romero-Sardiñas and Patricia Losada are inviting the public to join them in this special recognition event and celebration of music. Tickets may be purchased at, or by stopping by or calling the South-Miami Dade County Cultural Arts Center box office at 786-573-5300.

Tickets are $26 to $36 with a special rate for balcony seating, for children 10 and younger, at $16. Tickets for the VIP reception are $5. For more about the arts and music programs visit There are also links on this site to buy concert tickets and to donate to the group.


It’s Bark at the Park time again. Go online quick to buy tickets for you and your four-legged friend to see a Miami Marlins baseball game at 1:10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Miami Marlins Ballpark. You can help a good cause too.

All proceeds from the doggy tickets go to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Last year more than 650 dogs saw the game at Bark at the Park. Look at the photos at the event photo gallery at

People tickets, including children over three years old, are $15 and doggy tickets are $10. Don’t get left out. You must buy the tickets in advance at Seats are assigned and availability is limited, so if you want to attend with friends make sure to buy tickets together.

For an on-site garage-parking pass, go to Passes are $15 per car. And new this year is a cash raffle at the event where 50 percent of the proceeds go to the Humane Society and 50 percent will go to the raffle winner.

Marlins Park is located at 501 Marlins Way in Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. Guests must enter the ballpark through the First Base entrance (located on the corner of Northwest Fourth Street and Northwest 14th Avenue). Dog owners must carry their dog’s rabies certificate on them. Visit

You can also contact Dani Kandera at or 305-749-1825.


Educate Tomorrow in Miami has selected five students to participate in its first annual Elite Explorer Expedition Aug. 15-22. The five are all former foster youth who have aged out of the system and are currently enrolled in college. They are between 18-24 years old and have been a part of Educate Tomorrow for a minimum of three months with a consistent track record to improve through education.

CEO Brett McNaught and Co-founder and former CEO Virginia Emmons McNaught will lead the students through the southwestern United States. There they will have opportunities to explore mountains, caves and waterways along with studying the cultural, political and spiritual landscapes of these magnificent regions.

“This is our organization’s most intense life skills course,” Brett McNaught said in a release. “Many of the students that have been selected have never left the state of Florida or traveled on an airplane before. This is an incredible, life-changing opportunity for them and us.”

Educate Tomorrow has been recognized nationally as an innovative model program. In 2010, The White House recognized Educate Tomorrow as a top 25 “Program of Promise” during National Mentoring month.

For more information, visit The group’s mission is “to create independence for foster youth and other disadvantaged youth through education, mentoring, and life skills training.”

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at

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