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Miami business leaders encouraged to be teachers for an hour

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition Scholarship Fund in May held a scholarship dinner and ceremony to recognize 182 high school students who were each awarded $1,000 scholarships this year.
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition Scholarship Fund in May held a scholarship dinner and ceremony to recognize 182 high school students who were each awarded $1,000 scholarships this year. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Wells Fargo is partnering with The Education Fund to host the annual Teach-A-Thon, which challenges local business leaders to each teach for an hour in a Miami-Dade County public school to raise awareness about the importance of educators and public-school funding.

The Teach-A-Thon experience includes grades K–12 and volunteering business leaders, also known as Teacher Champions, can select the grade level, subject and area they’d like to teach in. Champions are then paired with teachers who help them to prepare lesson plans and teach the class for an hour.

After teaching, volunteers share their classroom experiences and spread the word on why local teachers and public schools need support.

So far, participating executives include Hector Ponte of Wells Fargo; Ernest Modock of Ford Motor Company; Beth Bailey of Verizon; and Carlos Orta of Carnival Corp.

“We’re asking everyone to consider participating,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund. “The experience will open your eyes to the experiences teachers have every day … and everyone walks away with a story about what it is like to teach — which is the purpose.”

The deadline to sign up is Aug. 31 and business leaders from all professions are eligible to participate. For information or to sign up, contact Kirsten Lyon at 305-558-4544 ext. 108 or klyon@educationfund.org.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Members of the Miami-Dade County School Board, city of Hialeah and Hialeah Police Department came together to to sign an agreement to provide police officers at local elementary schools and K–8 centers.

The memo outlined the roles of Hialeah and Miami-Dade Schools police. Hialeah is the latest municipality to partner with the school system to increase security in all schools. Currently, the school board has police officers assigned to traditional middle and high schools.

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition

Members of The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition in May hosted a scholarship dinner and ceremony to recognize more than 182 students who each received $1,000 scholarships from the fair’s scholarship fund.

The fund was created in 1958 to affirm the Youth Fair’s commitment to education, according to a news release. This year, allocated scholarship funds increased to $182,000 to award 31 more scholarships than previous years to students from public, private, charter, home, alternative education and vocational schools. Winners are selected based on academic performance and their dedication to school and community activities.

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