Mari Tere Rojas     District 6 Board Member

 

 

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School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas and
City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez celebrate
Read Across America Day at Silver Bluff Elementary

School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas and City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez celebrated Read Across America on March 2nd with students and teachers at Silver Bluff Elementary. Ms. Rojas and Commissioner Suarez read Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, to an excited group of first grade students, celebrating reading and the 113th birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. During the visit, students enjoyed a tasting of green eggs and ham.

On March 2, 2017, the National Education Association's Read Across America initiative will mark nineteen years of celebrating reading and the 113th birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Each year, in cities and towns across the nation, communities come together to celebrate Read Across America Day and bring the joy and excitement of reading to children of all ages.

 
Board Member Mari Tere Rojas recognizes Ms. Betty Fonseca,
of South Miami Senior High School, for being named as a
National Finalist in the 2017 Doodle 4 Google Contest

Board Member Mari Tere Rojas recognized Ms. Betty Fonseca, 12th grade student from South Miami Senior High School, for being selected as a national finalist in the 2017 Doodle 4 Google Contest.

“Doodle 4 Google” is an annual contest, open to students nationwide in grades K-12, and is designed to encourage them to use their creativity to design their own interpretation of the Google logo that appears on the search engine’s homepage each day.

The theme of this year’s contest was: “What I see for the future…”, and provided an opportunity for students to imagine what possibilities await in the years to come and to represent that vision through art.

Of the thousands of entries received this year, a total of 53 finalists were selected, one representing each state and U.S. territory. Ms. Fonseca was selected as the national finalist representing Florida. Her “doodle” design was inspired by graduation and a vision of the future where “girls are encouraged to pursue higher education regardless of race, ethnic background, or religious affiliation,” she shared.

“Betty’s drawing exemplifies her high level of talent, passion, and understanding of the importance of education. I wholeheartedly congratulate her on this outstanding accomplishment and on taking the initiative to inspire young girls around the world with her design,” said Ms. Rojas.

 
Board Member Mari Tere Rojas recognizes
Ms. Annie Farrell, of Coral Gables Senior High School – Florida's High School winner of the Prudential Financial
2017 Spirit of Community Award

Board Member Mari Tere Rojas recognized Ms. Annie Farrell, senior from Coral Gables Senior High School, for being named Florida’s high school winner for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Since its inception in 1995, more than 115,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state, and national level.

Each year, Prudential selects two students from each state, one from the middle school level and one from high school, to receive the award. Honorees are selected based on criteria that includes: personal initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.

Annie was recognized for her volunteer work with Casa Valentina, a non-profit that houses and assists young people who have aged out of the foster care system. Her project centered on organizing college preparation workshops for the residents.

“I am honored to recognize Ms. Farrell for her dedication and commitment to community service. Her initiative to make a positive impact in the community and help other is to be commended,” said. Ms. Rojas.

 
 
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