Morningside students display their photos at Coral Gables Museum

Fourth-grade students of Morningside K-8 Academy, whose photos are to be displayed by Sept. 7 during Coral Gables Museum’s Gallery Night.
Fourth-grade students of Morningside K-8 Academy, whose photos are to be displayed by Sept. 7 during Coral Gables Museum’s Gallery Night. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Photos by the fourth-grade students of Morningside K-8 Academy are to be displayed this weekend at Coral Gables Museum’s Gallery Night, thanks to donations from Visual Communication, an LED products company.

Visual Communication donated digital cameras to the students, and the class used their new gear to capture their experiences at Michael’s Magic Summer by the Sea, a summer camp held at the Biscayne Bay Nature Center. Campers participated in various activities, including snorkeling, kayaking and field activities that taught them about sea life and Miami’s coastal habits.

The museum is located at 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. For information, visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is partnering with the Coral Gables Police Department to pair 20 at-risk Miami-Dade youth at Carver Middle and Ponce de Leon Middle schools with police officers for its Bigs in Blue Mentoring Program, which aims to foster positive relationships between youths and law enforcement.

The Coral Gables Police Department is joining forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami to pair 20 at-risk youth at Carver Middle and Ponce de Leon Middle schools with mentors as part of the Bigs in Blue Mentoring Program. Pictured are Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak, left, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami President and CEO Gale Nelson.

Through the program, mentors will meet with their student for an hour a week to complete homework, discuss concerns, create goals and create lasting bonds.

“Many students benefit, not only academically, but socially, after being exposed to this type of unique relationship-building with community leaders,” said Gale Nelson, president, and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami. “We are honored to partner with the Coral Gables Police Department in this innovative and hands-on endeavor to help create productive relationships between youth and law enforcement officials in our community.”

Hebrew Academy (RASG)

Hebrew Academy (RASG) students are joining forces with the Jewish National Fund and Miami’s Consul General of Israel, Lior Haiat, to honor first responders at the Miami Beach Fire Department on Sept. 13, two days after the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Beginning promptly at 9:15 a.m., the ceremony will recognize the personal sacrifices of local first responders and their service to the community.

“It’s important for our students to honor what our first responders did back then and to understand what they continue to do for us now on a daily basis,” said Head of School Rabbi Zvi Kahn. “For our students to see our school leaders come together with the leaders of the wider community to recognize these contributions and sacrifices is very important and valuable.”

In 2009, the Jewish National Fund built a Living Memorial in Israel featuring the names of all 9/11 victims.

“We at Jewish National Fund support Israel Fire and Rescue for the same reasons we support the Miami Beach Fire Department,” said Ron Kriss, Jewish National Fund’s Miami-Dade board president and member of the fund’s Fire and Rescue Task Force. “Both have a common enemy: fire. Both stand ready to lay their lives on the line on every call. Both include every ethnic group. And both are worthy of the solid support of their entire community.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Prudential Financial is now accepting applications for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which honors the top youth volunteers in Florida.

The competition honors two students, in grades 5 to 12, who have made contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past year. Winners each receive $1,000, an engraved medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for recognition events, May 4–7, 2019.

To apply, students must complete the online application by Nov. 6 and receive certification from their principal or the head of a local participating organization, which includes Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, a county 4-H organization, YMCA or an affiliate of the Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.

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