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Winners of the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board Academic Enrichment Grants
Miami Lakes, FL –The Town of Miami Lakes and its Education Advisory Board (EAB) offered academic enrichment grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The EAB considered proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provided funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children. The Town of Miami Lakes and its Education Advisory Board awarded grants to individuals in amounts up to $1,000, provided the eligibility requirements were met. The winners of the Academic Enrichment Grants and their missions include:

The Bob Graham Education Center won the grant to “STEM Up Pre-K.” Christina Rodriguez proposed this idea The goal of this project is to enhance the Pre-K curriculum with hands-on activities that expose students to collaborative group work, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving opportunities using a multi-disciplinary approach. This project will benefit students in a multitude of ways. Integrating hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) activities, using classic developmentally appropriate literature, will build excitement and a positive outlook towards multiple subject areas. These activities will also aide in fostering language and cooperative learning experiences. Projects such as these, which include open-ended building, develop creative problem-solving skills. Allowing our young Pre-K students opportunities for developing and growing these academic and social skills, in a fun way, will benefit them in far-reaching ways.

The Education Advisory Board also awarded a grant to the Bob Graham Education Center for “The Grow Spot: Equipping our Garden Crew” project proposed by Ms. Gordon. The grant will equip their Garden Crew with a starter set of tools to enable classes to properly tend the school garden. The project reinforces the tenets of the school: working through challenges with others and doing so with respect. The school garden benefits students by teaching them parallels between life and nature and increasing visibility of healthy living and sustainability while adding beauty to the school. The Garden Crew hopes to expand their outreach this year by donating the fruits of their labor to those in need.

“Primary Learning Center Kindness Rocks” project by the Bob Graham Education Center proposed by Christina Rodriguez obtained a grant from the Education Advisory Board of Miami Lakes. Students will be provided rocks and painting supplies to create unique rocks wit positive and inspiring messages. The rock garden will be spread around different locations with the intent of giving each person who reads them a positive effect. The project promotes family involvement, the value of art, compassion for others, a sense of community, and the idea that anyone, regardless of age, can make an impact.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High won a grant for “Computer Laptops for Self-Contained Special Education Classes” proposed by teacher, Elizabeth Garcia. By helping provide students with the funds for laptop computers, the Education Advisory Board hopes to enable students to access technology for use in improving reading fluency and comprehension. The I-Ready program, among other programs, can help students with special needs to improve their reading speed and comprehension, which will help them obtain classroom subject proficiency.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High’s “Publishable Research by High School Students” project also obtained a grant by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board. The idea was given by Dr. Kalia Manoharan, Ph.D. The project required funds for chemical instruments to be used at the school for the purpose of researching DNA damage and repair in cultured cells and for growing bacteria and observing mutations in petri dishes. The goal is to stimulate more interest in student research in science classrooms and allow students to publish their findings. Such publications will boost morale and improve students’ chances of admittance to better universities and scholarships.

The Miami Lakes K-8 Center was awarded a grant for their theatre. The proposal for the grant was given by teacher, Jerman Gonzalez. The theatre classes need funding for costumes, props, and backdrops for student performances. Theatre classes improve students’ ability to speak publicly in front of a live audience.

The Miami Lakes K-8 Center also obtained a grant for their “VEX Robotics Replenishment and Enhancement” project. The teacher who sent the proposal for the grant was Merle S. Carpenter. There are over 90 students who will benefit from more sophisticated hardware pieces, leading to more stable and functional project outcomes. Students building robots for VEX competitions from Miami Lakes K-8 Center will be able to compete on more equal footing with schools who have more mature robotics programs.

The Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board granted the Miami Lakes K-8 Center for their project, “Actively Engaging Students with Breakout EDU Boxes” and “Escape Room Science” projects. The proposals were sent by Gladys Pinela and Mrs. Elizabeth Rebustillo respectively. The goal is for students to be empowered and engaged with learning as they explore the past to figure out codes needed to crack multiple locks. Students will use a multitude of skills such as reading comprehension, communication, and critical and creative thinking to complete their mission of playing over 900 standards aligned games. This will allow students to address U.S. History and science topics in an engaging and informative way.

An “Aquaponics Herb Garden in Action” project will also be funded by the Education Advisory Board for Miami Lakes K-8 Center as proposed by teacher, Jennifer Sicre. Fifth grade students will learn about circulating nutrient rich water from fish tanks to fertilize plants in a sustainable way. This STEM project will allow students to solve problems and learn about symbiotic relationships, pH balances, and agriculture.

The Miami Lakes K-8 Center was awarded a grant to help “Complex Calculator Challenges: Using the Tool the Right Way.” The grant is awarded because Mrs. Saimara Costero, a teacher from the school, noticed a gap in using state-approved calculators between the classroom and testing with her 7th and 8th grade classes. The project will provide students with ample access to scientific calculators and their functions to the classroom so that students are better prepared for high-stakes examinations.

The “Maroon and Gold” project won a grant for Miami Lakes Middle School. Elizabeth Lopetegui proposed the project idea. The project will help students develop a school newspaper from the ground up. Students who participate will learn about journalistic style, the history of journalism, and AP writing style. The newspaper will benefit the entire student body as it will keep them informed about important school, local, national and world events.

The Education Advisory Board was created to asses the condition, needs, and availability of schools and educational programs and activities within the Town of Miami lakes. The EAB meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm Miami Lakes Town Hall. The board members include: Jacqueline Vaquer (Chair), Jessica Mendoza (Vice Chair), Hector Abad (Secretary), Daylin Garcia, Emily Garcia, Kevin Macki, and Mario Pinera.

For more information about the Education Advisory Board, please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/eab.







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