By Bari Auerbach
Just before students celebrated graduation, Comcast/XFINITY Communities and SHOWTIME hosted the Aventura Marketing Council/ Chamber of Commerce annual Student-Run breakfast meeting featuring inspirational keynote speaker Supt. Alberto Carvalho, Miami- Dade County Public Schools, National and Florida Superintendent of the Year. The event highlighted school/business partnerships supported by the AMC – recipient of the Dade Partner of Excellence award four times and inducted into the Dade Partners Hall of Fame for four consecutive years.
Hundreds of business, community and education leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort were impressed by the “best and brightest” students who expertly ran the meeting representing the AMC’s Dade Partner schools: Salma Castillo, Aventura City of Excellence School; Rachel Kostyukovsky, Aventura Waterways K-8 Center; Daniela Fedele, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center; Nathaniel Lundy, Grace Academy International; Rachel Eskandry, Hochberg Preparatory School; Denzel Augustin, Madie Ives Elementary; Sara Blake, Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High; Zyad Sibai, Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Center; Anais Menjivar, North Miami Beach Sr. High; and Jon-Carlos Moreno, The Victory Center.
Clicking over to XFINITY Communities outreach initiatives, Brian LaTorre, Senior Director XFINITY Communities and SHOWTIME account executive Jennifer Jackson explained the “Internet Essentials” program supports education and gives families with a child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program the opportunity to receive low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training, To sign up, phone: 855-846-8376 or visit internet-essentials.com.
Excitement was also activated by the XFINITY X1 Entertainment Operating System, empowering TV and the Internet with advanced search, personalized recommendations, apps and the fastest in-home Wi-Fi for all rooms and devices. “SHOWTIME Anytime” is free with subscriptions, facilitates unlimited access to hit movies, award-winning series, sports and much more on virtually any device.
Supt. Carvalho, who provides brilliant leadership for MDCPS, one of the nation’s highest- performing urban school systems, emphasized, “Technology creates equity. Kids who might not otherwise have access to digital content now do thanks to partnerships like the ones with Comcast.”
Celebrating impressive accolades, Carvalho reported, “Miami-Dade has an 84 percent graduation rate - higher than the state average and most urban districts across the state.” He also noted seven Miami-Dade high schools are on the top 100 list published by U.S. News and World Report. MDCPS was also recently recognized by Magnet Schools of America for having more high- performing academies with more minority students than any other school system in the country. “Where others are failing and blaming it on diversity, we are succeeding because of diversity,” he said.
Beyond academic competency, Carvalho said education plays a role in building character and promoting personal, civic and work place advocacies. “By building bridges between hearts and minds, children can become the adults we hope and wish they will be. The powerful impact of adults, guiding and advising can overcome budget cuts, opportunity gaps and make all the difference, ensuring tomorrow’s workforce will be better prepared.”
“I’m proud of what we do, and of this community, and of our teachers, the freedom fighters of our generation. Most of all, I’m proud of the children, for despite challenges, they show up every day hoping something great will happen in their lives, and magic happens - it’s called the schools. There is no promoting social mobility and economic success in our country if we fail to invest in public education.”
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