Miami-Dade County Public Schools was named one of the 2015 Best Communities for Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus program during the SupportMusic Community Forum.
The forum included student performances, panel discussions and surprise donations to Miami-Dade County schools — including Cutler Bay Middle School, which received from StubHub and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation $70,000 in new instruments for about 100 students and staff.
StubHub’s Next Stage Social Good program aims to put $1 million of musical instruments into at-risk public school music education programs. Throughout this year, StubHub will choose 30 schools to donate to in partnership with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL
Felix Jacomino, director of technology at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, received a 2015 Bammy Award Laureate and the title School Technologist of the Year.
The Bammy Award is a honor that recognizes individuals who work hard in the educational field on a daily basis. Anyone from parents, teachers to faculty and staff can be nominated to receive the award.
Jacomino was nominated because of his contributions to the field of education and for being a noteworthy example of a 21st century educator.
CORAL REEF HIGH SCHOOL
Katerina Sanchez, a Business and Finance Academy senior at Coral Reef High School, was selected as a finalist of the 2016-17 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.
The Comcast Foundation awards high school seniors committed to community service, achieve high academically and demonstrate leadership.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Various Miami-Dade County Public Schools student performers will work alongside professional actors, singers and puppeteers at The Mandelstam Theater in the production Mouse King, a rendition of the Nutcracker, by Sesame Street puppeteer Noel MacNeal and songwriter Jim Camacho.
Mouse King will show from Dec. 10-13 at The Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave., in Miami. Tickets and more information are available at www.mousekingtickets.com.