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School Scene: Local students feed Miami’s homeless for HungerFest

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Preparatory students fast for 27 hours while packing and delivering about 3,638 bagged lunches for Miami’s homeless. From left: Amanda Lesperence, Liz Jean-Jacques, Styve MBuyi, Camila Egan, volunteer, Sabrina Monestime and Marie Etienne.
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Preparatory students fast for 27 hours while packing and delivering about 3,638 bagged lunches for Miami’s homeless. From left: Amanda Lesperence, Liz Jean-Jacques, Styve MBuyi, Camila Egan, volunteer, Sabrina Monestime and Marie Etienne.

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep students packed and delivered 3,638 lunches last month to Miami’s homeless, and raised $3,208 from donations and a car wash during the 20th annual HungerFest.

During Lent, a religious observation period that lasts Feb. 10 to March 24, students abstain from food, and drink only water, for 27 hours while delivering lunches to homeless shelters. Their mission is to raise awareness of world poverty.

Students delivered lunches to Better Way, Camillus House, Chapman Partnership and Assistance Center, Miami Rescue Mission, the Missionaries of Charity Mission, Safe Space, and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Mario Frazil, author of Ways to Conquer Hunger, held a presentation for the HungerFest group. The event ended with mass and dinner provided by KC Healthy Cooking.

SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

School for Advanced Studies senior Daniela Bond was recognized as a distinguished finalist for the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Daniela was chosen based on her community service project, which targeted building self-esteem among young women in the community.

ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

Emma Arnhols, Alexandra Boord and Lucas Carvalho of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School were nominated as Star Students for the Independent Schools of South Florida Star Student Award.

The fifth grade students were selected by faculty and staff for excelling in one or more of the criteria, such as: academics, community service, citizenship, fine art, athletics, effort, dedication, attitude and improvement in performance.

RIVIERA PREPARATORY SCHOOLS

Carole Repensek, director of academic achievement at Riviera Preparatory Schools, was awarded the Richard and Dorothy Lear Distinguished Educators Award during the Association of Independent Schools of Florida’s annual Teaching and School Leadership Conference.

Repensek was awarded for successfully teaching students that have trouble reading. Her career began in a private school in New Jersey teaching dyslexic students. Before being appointed to Riviera, she was an administrator at McGlannan School and Scheck Hillel Community School.

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