Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chairwoman Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, the Miami Marlins Ayudan Foundation, and the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana distributed backpacks and school supplies to students at Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary, Comstock Elementary, Orchard Villa Elementary, Santa Clara Elementary, and Melrose Elementary schools for the first week back to school.
Each backpack included a host of supplies, including notebook paper, composition books, pencils, markers, crayons, rulers, and folders. Miami Marlins mascot Billy wished students a happy school year as they picked up their supplies.
HOME TEAM CLOSET
Home Team Closet, an organization that collects donated clothing from athletes for those in need, will visit the Helping Abused Neglected and Disadvantaged Youth pop up store 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Handy (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth), 501 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, to inspire about 40 teen shoppers with words of encouragement.
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University of Miami football players D.J. Williams, Antrel Rolle, Jonathan Vilma, Bryant McKinnie, Delvin Brown and Maurice Sikes will host the pop-up shop. They’ll eat with the youth and talk about positive life choices.
SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
School for Advanced Studies senior Lauren Paulet was selected to visit Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Sept. 25-27 for the Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience. The HOME program is for minority high school students who excel academically and have a high chance of being accepted to the university.
Lauren was also elected as president of Student Government for all Miami-Dade County high schools.
THE MOSS FOUNDATION
The Moss Foundation and Moss & Associates donated school supplies to support Operation Backpack, which gives supplies to students at Downtown Miami Charter School.
The Moss Foundation advocates for education by giving back to the community with hopes of creating a positive impact.
Donations included backpacks, binders, pencil boxes and flash drives. The foundation also collected pencils, composition notebooks, glue sticks, markers, filler paper, $500 gift cards, socks and underwear.