To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the 1968 opening of Vanguard School of Coconut Grove, current students recently unveiled a tile mural to honor their school and its beloved founder, John R. Havrilla, who died Aug. 5 after spending 44 years as director and then executive director at Vanguard.
The students and many alumni personally created their tribute tiles.
Vanguard School’s mission is to educate children in grades one through eight who have a specific learning disability.
When Havrilla moved to Coconut Grove in the summer of 1968 to form a sister school for Vanguard School in Paoli, Pa., the new campus had just 13 students learning with five teachers. Havrilla became known to all for his motto, “The sky’s the limit,” and for encouraging his students to become self-sufficient.
Vanguard has successfully mainstreamed over 2,000 students into traditional classroom settings. Alumni or current students may purchase tiles to add to the mural in this ongoing memorial celebration by calling the school at 305-445-7992 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHWEST HIGH REUNION
Alumni and friends of the Southwest Miami Senior High Class of 1963 will get together for fun and memories at events Nov. 7-10. The 50-year reunion will feature attendance at the homecoming football game, classroom visits, networking events and even a sock hop in the gym.
Southwest, at 8855 SW 50th Terr., is one of the oldest high schools in Miami.
For more on attending the game, Southwest vs. Coral Gables at Tropical Park, the dinner dance at The Rusty Pelican, breakfast at Miami Marriott Dadeland, and the networking events and sock hop go to sweagles1963.com/index.html.
Most Homestead residents have seen Bonnie King-Moran one time or another dressed up as a historical character or photographing a community event. Moran was honored with the Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award by the Homestead City Council for her commitment to volunteering and her ongoing involvement in the community.
“I am honored to present this award to a very special resident here in Homestead,” said Councilman Elvis Maldonado in a statement. “Mrs. King-Moran is an example of selfless service, always giving her time and talents to help others and asking for nothing in return. The City of Homestead and I are truly thankful for her.”
King-Moran is always more than willing to offer her time to her community. She has volunteered to teach residents about Homestead’s rich history dressed as historical characters during the City’s Centennial celebration events. And she has played the famous Lily Lawrence Bow, after whom Homestead’s first library was named. She also becomes Mrs. Claus at Christmas Tree Lightings at Losner Park and volunteers her photography skills to document events around Homestead.
This is the first year Maldonado has given a Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award. Plans are to continue giving the award each year to a Homestead citizen for community service.
Crescendo community chorus for adults with developmental disabilities is now in its second month of rehearsals. New members, 18 years and over, are welcome to join. All individuals with a desire to sing are welcome as are caregivers and volunteers.
The chorus meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Mondays, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 Sunset Dr. Rehearsals are held in the Parish Hall. There is a monthly member fee of $25.