Just before students celebrated graduation Comcast, XFINITY Communities and HBO hosted the Aventura Marketing Council’s annual Student-Run Breakfast Meeting featuring guest 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 Florida International University’s Kovens Conference Center were impressed by the “best and brightest” students who expertly ran the meeting representing the AMC’s Dade Partner schools: Fiona Mishkin, Aventura City of Excellence School; Jasmin Palermo, Ojus Elementary School; Megan Orlanski, Aventura Waterways K-8 Center; Adrianne Pink, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center; Jacqueline Cassuto, Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Center; Brett Curtis, Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High; Peachra Jackson, North Miami Beach Sr. High; Angie Gonzalez, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High; and Bailee Rousso, Hochberg Preparatory School.
Special appreciation was expressed to meeting hosts; members of the AMC’s Education Committee chaired by Jeff Levinson of Coconut Grove Bank; educators, school board members and all those supporting student success – a goal shared by Carvalho, providing brilliant leadership for MDCPS – the nation’s fourth-largest school system.
Carvalho thanked the remarkable educators and everyone who supports the valuable impact of public education. “There is nothing more fundamental to democracy in our country than public education,” he said. “Since ninety percent of children in America attend public schools, there is no better way for us to progress as a country than by investing, believing in, supporting and demanding the highest quality education for all kids.”
While providing a school system update, Carvalho emphasized, “This is the first time in many years the distribution of funds in the state of Florida was done in an equitable way. We received our fair share - plus we attained significant policy concessions that will allow us to have a pretty decent year as far as our budget is concerned.
“Over the past six years, the School Board has never approved a budget resulting in a tax increase. I promise you now, the next budget I’ll be recommending will result in a tax decrease. We believe in creating effectiveness and efficiencies prior to asking you for heavier contributions. We’ll be able to balance our budget and protect elective programs such as art, music, physical education and languages while not increasing the tax rate.”
Clicking over to community outreach, XFINITY Communities Florida Vice President Rafael Visbal explained Comcast is supporting education with their “Internet Essentials” program – giving families with a child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program the opportunity to receive $9.95 per month home Internet service and purchase a computer for a nominal price. 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. On-the-go AMC professionals also applauded HBO-GO, offering unlimited access to HBO programming available on favorite devices including iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire and XBOX 360.
For more information, visit Comcast.com and HBOGO.
By: Bari Auerbach