Five Miami-Dade County students have been recognized as the 2017 Bank of America Student Leaders for their community service. The program is part of Bank of America’s three-year, $40 million commitment to preparing young adults for bright futures by equipping them with workforce and leadership skills.
This year’s leaders include Annie Farrell of Coral Gables High School, Amanita Pierre of Miami Edison High School, Gabriela Arredondo of Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, Mya Wallace of Miami Norland High School, and Stephanie Chang of Archimedean Upper Conservatory.
The students participated in a paid internship with the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade County to gain civic, social and business leadership skills, shadow executive staff to learn about nonprofit organizations, serve as counselors to elementary students, and to complete an alumni project for the club.
“Through Student Leaders, we’re building youth pathways to success and giving voice to the next generation, which will help develop a more diverse and inclusive society,” said Gene Schaefer, Bank of America’s Miami market president.
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The program ended with a trip to Washington, D.C., for a national leadership summit, which features 200 Student Leaders. The students participate in a service learning project and meet with members of Congress.
5000 Role Models of Excellence Project
Five 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project students in Miami-Dade County were honored with $10,000 scholarships and other perks during the International Champions Cup, a summer soccer tournament, El Clasico soccer game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Frantz Paul of North Miami Beach High School, Khareem Oliver of Coral Gables High School, Giovani Marks of Booker T. Washington High School, Sandruny Fortune of Miami Northwestern High School, and Marvens Mertune of William H. Turner Technical High School were chosen as this year’s honorees after submitting essays about the impact that soccer has made on their lives and a statement that demonstrates financial need. In addition to the scholarships, each honoree received a free ticket to the International Champions Cup game and was recognized by Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins.
McDonald’s Class for the Classroom Project
The executives of McDonald’s of South Florida will host the first annual Cash for the Classroom Contest to award three local teachers with a $1,000 prize for classroom supplies. The contest is available for kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.
Teachers can enter the contest by submitting a project to highlight how they’re making an educational impact and how they’d use the $1,000 prize. There is no entry fee to participate, and submissions must be emailed to CashForClassroom@ThinkBSG.com by Sept. 25.
For information, visit www.mcdonaldssouthfloridapromotions.com.
Kiwanis Club of North Miami Beach
Members of the Kiwanis Club of North Miami Beach — Sunny Isles Beach hosted a knapsack and school supplies giveaway program at Walmart to help students with financial need.
“We purchased 125 knapsacks with donated supplies and are giving them to the children who need it most,” said Lewis Thaler, president of Kiwanis. “Kiwanis partnered with Lions Club, and they provided a $50 gift card for families to buy school clothing.”
During the giveaway, Walmart provided cereal, bagels and fruit while Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman provided doughnuts. School counselors helped club members identify students in need by verifying which students meet the eligibility for the program.
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