MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Over 2,500 underprivileged students will be going to school in style thanks to the efforts of a few local organizations.
With the Miami-Dade academic year set to begin Monday, over 300,000 students are gearing up to walk the halls of their schools. “We are transforming this school system. Monday is gonna be a fantastic day,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Carvalho was on hand for a visit to Norland Senior High School’s new campus, Saturday. “We do not sit in the shadow of yesterday’s success; we keep pushing,” he said. ” Our kids deserve it. So do our teachers.”
Carvalho also visited Jungle Island, where the park, along with local nonprofit Style Saves, teamed up to provide new uniforms, makeovers and a day of fun for students from homeless shelters and foster homes. “This is an incredible event today for our most vulnerable children in Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford. “It’s really great to see everyone coming together to give back to our kids.”
More than 2,500 students attended the event.
Earlier last week, the Kiwanis Club also helped students head back to class by giving 100 bookbags filled with school supplies.
Students also got to enjoy one of the last few days of summer at the Be You Back to School Jam concert. The family-friendly event began with a health fair, complete with health screenings and giveaways.
The United Teachers of Dade also gave away school supplies, along with hosting a talent show with cash prizes. “This kind of brings them all together to show how much we care for our students, get them on stage, showing their amazing talent, also letting them that we want them prepared and ready to go back to school,” said Cedric McMinn.
Although the new school year begins Monday, the first holiday of the school year, Labor Day, is less than three weeks away.
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