150 Nike shoes offered to Miami students at Dolphin Mall
Molina Healthcare of Florida and Young Dreams Community Outreach recently held its second annual Nike Shoe Contest to help Miami-Dade County students in need.
The event took place at the Dolphin Mall. Together, the organizations distributed 150 new pairs of shoes, along with bags of hand sanitizer, face masks and school supplies.
“Many local families with young children are under a lot of stress due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the return to school,” said Liza Ortega, senior community engagement specialist at Molina Healthcare de Florida. “With this event, we wanted to give our community a little something to look forward to and remind them that Molina cares about their overall well-being.”
Winners of Do What It Takes
the do the right thing recently selected organization Aaliyah Brown and Betule Zlekhah from the School for Advanced Studies as the September recipients for their community service projects.
Each month, the organization receives up to 900 entries and only 10 students are chosen as monthly winners. Aaliyah was nominated for raising awareness of LGBTQ issues, while Betule was nominated for her work in mental health and elder care.
To honor their efforts, Betule received tickets to the Frost Science Museum and Aaliyah was chosen to take a trip to Washington in 2021.
Jason Taylor Foundation Laureates
Several students from the local college in carrying children, a family group home, were selected to participate in the Jason Taylor Foundationof the Cool Gear initiative for the school year. This initiative provides a back-to-school shopping experience for 60 underserved children in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s youth received a $300 gift card to shop via Zoom. Attendees then picked up clothes, backpacks and lunch at a socially distanced drive-in event featuring Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, football players and local celebrities.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Jason Taylor Foundation for their generosity and support,” said Tiffani Dhooge, President and CEO of Children’s Harbor. “Our kids really struggle with their self-confidence, and this experience has helped them tremendously. It’s amazing to see the impact that something as simple as a few new outfits can have on a child’s self-esteem. ‘a kid.
Blue Ribbon Schools Named in Miami
St. Bonaventure Catholic School and Saint Thomas the Apostle School were both recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
These schools are two of 49 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Miami. They were chosen based on educators, families, and local community efforts to create a safe and welcoming environment for student learning.
Saint Bonaventure and Saint Thomas the Apostle were both ranked as high performing schools based on student scores, subgroup scores, and graduation rates.
These schools will be recognized during a virtual ceremony on November 12 and 13.