Freshly painted benches and picnic tables and newly decorated hallways were some of the renovations that 125 AT&T employees completed at Liberty City Elementary School in celebration of National Volunteer Month.
AT&T partnered with City Year, a nonprofit organization that partners with schools in under-served communities to increase graduation rates across the U.S., to complete the beautification project. Volunteers also painted four murals of African-American leaders, including Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela, and placed them on exterior doors at the school.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity recognized 10 Miami-Dade High School students for their entries in the 2018 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. For the fifth consecutive year, MDCPS is the only district to have high school juniors and seniors participate in the contest, which was created for college students.
Ana Blanco, a junior at TERRA Environmental Research Institute, placed first and received a $3,000 scholarship; Estefania Caputo, a senior at Doral High School, placed second and received a $2,000 scholarship; Paola Genera, a senior at Cutler Bay High School, placed third and received a $1,000 scholarship. The runners-up were Mariana Penaloza, a senior at School for Advanced Studies; and Carolina Bello a junior at TERRA Environmental Research Institute. Each received a $250 scholarship.
Finalists each received a $50 prize: Samuel Isenberg and Olivia Ruiz of iPrep Academy, Elizabeth Rodriguez of The Academy for Advanced Academics at Florida International University, Johan Soto of Coral Gables High School, and Jaime Fernandez of Miami Beach High School.
All awardees were honored during a scholarship ceremony at The Betsy Hotel South Beach.
St. Thomas the Apostle School
Kathryn Elgarresta and Alana Fernandez, third-graders at St. Thomas the Apostle School, placed second in the 26th annual ExploraVision Competition, sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association.
The ExploraVision Competition is one of the largest K-12 science competitions designed to help students develop problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. This year, students designed technology to solve challenges that the world may face in the next 20 years.
Kathryn and Alana developed The Smart Toilet, a toilet that monitors the user’s excretory samples for abnormalities and then alerts the user if medical attention is needed. The two-member team will each receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and an all-expense paid trip for themselves, their parents/guardians, teachers and mentors to Washington, D.C. for an awards weekend, June 6-9. They will visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and participate in a Science Showcase to demonstrate The Smart Toilet. The weekend will culminate with an awards ceremony to recognize all first- and second-place winners.
Ransom Everglades School
Ransom Everglades School sixth and seventh graders learned about climate change, sea-level rise and alternative energy resources during the annual Energy and Climate Change Symposium, held at the school.
The event was led by instructors Gustavo Palacios and Kelly Jackson, and the middle school science department. Guest panelists included Kenny Broad, a professor at the University of Miami; Adam Gelber of the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission; Roland Samimy, hydrologist and senior research manager; and Nathan Serota, clean-energy industry analyst, and developer.
“This is not something that is out of sight, out of mind for us in Miami," said Jackson. "We are dealing with this right now. The good news is, we can do something."
The panel shared their view of climate change and asked the student body to find their passion and take action.