The Hialeah/Miami Springs Rotary Club once again has reached out to help Miami Springs Senior High School.
Eight Rotarians went to the school last week to hand-deliver a $1,500 check to MSSH principal Ed Smith. A few students also were asked to come to the principal’s office for the photo op, along with Rene Barge, who is the director of the MSSH iTech Program.
This particular donation was designated to help build a better website for the school. Supporting the Golden Hawks is nothing new for this club. The Hialeah/Miami Springs Rotary Club has had a long-lasting relationship with the school dating back to the days when Alex Bromir, who is still remembered fondly as Daddy Hawk, was principal.
“The Rotary Club believes in supporting education in our local community,” said Nanette Carmody, Hialeah/Miami Springs Rotary Club president. “The Rotary club has supported the MSSH band for many years and now the $1,500 check will help the school build a state-of-the-art website. It is always a pleasure to work with Mr. Smith from MSSH.”
Rotarians take pride in the relationship between the club and the school. Tom Webb and Fred Morley have been a vital part of that relationship. The two men have a great relationship with Principal Ed Smith and always keep the dialogue open as to the needs of the school and the students.
After meeting a few students, presenting the check, and sharing a few laughs in the principal’s office, the group was able to meet Barge. It’s fair to say that it’s a rare occurrence for the principal’s office to be filled with cheer and applause, but that’s exactly what happened when Smith shared with the guests that Barge recently won Teacher of the Year honors. Smith and Barge then gave the guests a tour of the school’s beautifully renovated state-of-the-art iTech Academy.
“At iTech Academy I am using video game design as a vehicle to deliver a STEM-integrated computer science curriculum to our students. I am preparing students to creatively and competently converge with present and future intelligent machines,” said Barge. “Our students are passionate about the relevant, 21st-Century, soft and hard skills they are acquiring and are hungry for the community to recognize their competencies and bring them on board as young professionals through internships, sponsorships, commissions, honorariums, and jobs while still in high school. They are eager to graduate with a competitive portfolio as stellar, marketable, young adults.”
The Rotary has long supported the school band, the cheerleaders and the football team. Supporting the iTech Academy brings an additional excitement and enthusiasm. The STEM-integrated curriculum, the most advanced video lab around, students learning how to develop apps, earning all sorts of certificates, and the partnerships that Barge is building that will soon enable students to get internships with major companies is certainly enough to get the community excited and local organizations like the Rotary Club on board.
“Clubs must have international and local projects,” said Tom Webb, longtime Miami Springs resident and Rotarian. “Polio Plus was and still is Rotary’s main focus. We have almost eradicated polio worldwide. Recently, Syria had an outbreak and Rotary is going to inoculate over 500,000 children. Locally we help schools, we run the Funsters Program, help out with Safe Space, Teddy bear distributing, along with food and turkeys during the holidays.
“The Rotary Club has also established an ongoing club at the University of Miami for the past six years. The club’s first project was a success. They were able to raise funds to build an Akamil plant in Haiti. At the present time our Rotary Act club is helping to supply birthing kits in Africa.”
Fundraising is done in many ways and it’s easy to get involved. The Rotary Club just held its annual golf tournament on Nov. 2 and you can be on the lookout for their next fundraiser, which will be their annual poker tournament, scheduled for Jan. 25, 2014. The Rotary Club is filled with local residents, community leaders, and global citizens who have all united for the common good. The heart of Rotary is dedicated people who share a passion for friendship and more importantly community service.