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Palmer Trinity School opens new south campus classroom building

With scissors in hand, Palmer Trinity School’s Patrick Roberts, head of school, and Michael Baiamonte, chairman of the board of trustees, cut the ribbon to the new classroom building during an inauguration ceremony on the first day of school.
With scissors in hand, Palmer Trinity School’s Patrick Roberts, head of school, and Michael Baiamonte, chairman of the board of trustees, cut the ribbon to the new classroom building during an inauguration ceremony on the first day of school. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Palmer Trinity School students kicked off their first day of school with an inauguration ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new south campus classroom building that will house all upper-school students.

The building — which features 15 classrooms and a lecture hall — has been in the works for nine months and culminated with Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by Patrick Roberts, head of school, and Michael Baiamonte, chairman of the board of trustees.

More than 1,000 students, parents, teachers and staff members attended the ceremony.

Miami-Dade County Schools

Miami-Dade County School Board member Larry Feldman hosted his 10th annual Back-to-School Backpack and Supply Giveaway at Campbell Drive K-8 Center, Avocado Elementary, and Robert Russa Moton Elementary schools.

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Miami-Dade County School Board Member Larry Feldman, left, with a student from District 9 during his annual Back-to-School Backpack and Supply Giveaway Event. It was at Campbell Drive K-8 Center, Avocado Elementary and Robert Russa Moton Elementary schools. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

More than 300 students and their families participated in the event. Each student received a backpack filled with donated supplies from the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Nova Southeastern University, Read 2 Succeed, Read Conmigo and Christ Fellowship and Communities in Schools.

During the school year, Feldman will host coffee and conversations, town hall and community outreach opportunities. For information, call 305-995-1334.

Miami International University of Art and Design

Brosway Italian Fashion Jewelry announced a new partnership with Miami International University of Art & Design, 1501 Biscayne Blvd., with the unveiling of fashion student Judith Cabrera’s contest-winning collection at the flagship store in Miami International Mall.

The partnership aims to support current design students at MIU by allowing them to showcase their designs — like Cabrera, who won a recent student contest that required participants to design a jewelry collection featuring three jewelry pieces inspired by Brosway. Cabrera’s collection, Worldhood, was produced by the brand and includes four necklace designs, one bracelet, and four cuff links — all currently on display at Brosway in Miami International Mall.

For information on Brosway or the Worldhood collection, visit brosway.us.

Affirming Youth Foundation

The Affirming Youth Foundation recently opened a new after-school Social-Emotional TechKnowledgy Computer Lab for Miami-Dade students in the Edison and Little River communities, with the help of a $25,000 donation from AT&T.

The computer lab offers a place where students can complete homework assignments and learn digital techniques that help develop social-emotional skills. The lab includes desktops, printers and flat-screen TVs, and is fully furnished.

“AT&T believes it is critical for students to have access to the tools and support systems they need to graduate, succeed in college or enter the workforce as they strive to reach their full potential,” said Cristal Cole, AT&T Florida external affairs. “We are proud to support community programming provided by organizations like the Affirming Youth Foundation, who help foster a safe environment where children can dream big and access the resources they need to be successful in life.”

The lab’s staff, volunteers and community partners will host digital literacy workshops, technology classes and STEM programs open to the local community. For information and a programming schedule, visit affirmingyouth.org.

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