Archive for May, 2012

May 25, 2012

Wheelabrator Symposium encourages students to go green

If there’s a future where the environment benefits from balanced decision-making and active community involvement, it starts with today’s students. And the path to that future has been embraced by the company Wheelabrator Technologies, a waste-to-energy business that has truly supported the next generation.

For the last 20 years, Wheelabrator has been a strong partner with Broward County Public Schools through Partners In Education (PIE), a non-profit organization that connects local businesses with local schools to encourage future economic success by investing in students. In Broward and also other school systems state and nation-wide, Wheelabrator regularly sponsors activities and sends staff to work with students on environmentally-related projects.

One of the largest examples of the company’s school partnerships is the annual Environmental Symposium which brings over 100 middle school students from across the eastern U.S. to Broward County, including five Florida schools, to present environmental projects the students have worked on the entire school year. The slideshow below is from the symposium and also photos from Sawgrass Springs Middle School, one of three Broward schools to participate.

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May 15, 2012

Broward Schools recognizes business partners in ceremony at Parker Playhouse

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This year, Broward County Public Schools celebrated and thanked its partners in an awards ceremony in early May.At Broward Partners we have so many business partners we would like to thank that we can’t name them all. Five partnerships of the many nominated for our annual partnership awards were recognized during the event.

West Broward High and Condee Farm have been working together since the school opened to provide hands-on experience for students in the Veterinary Assistance Program.  Students completing the program graduate with 300 hours on on-site training in addition to 200 hours in the classroom, and are eligible for industry certification. Condee farm also hosts Farm Days and brings animals onto campus for the school’s early childhood program.  Last school year, 36 students received their certification as Veterinary Assistants.  Forty-one are expected to receive it this year.

Sunset School and ArtServe worked together to create an art experience for the students, many of whom have emotional and behavioral disabilities and live in group or foster homes. The project was designed as a six-day eco-art experience, encouraging the students to learn about the animals and natural resources of South Florida and encouraging them to express what they learned in Masks, Dance, Clay, Drama and Poetry.  Most of these students have never been exposed to hands-on art program or to the local environment. This transformative experience left 42 students of all ages feeling much more connected to the world around them.

Tradewinds Elementary with Share-A-Pet are using certified therapy dogs to improve the reading skills of struggling second grade students. The dogs go to classes and listen to the children read. They animals are patient and do not rush or judge the children. The dogs reward the reader by shaking paws or allowing the reader to pet them. The teachers report that this program boosts the self-confidence of their young readers, and the Share-A-Pet volunteers work closely with the teachers to meet the needs of the students.

Lauderdale Manors Elementary School, Target and Heart of America worked together on the Library Make-Over. New books and new technology were featured in the new library. Target, collaborating with a local food pantry, also sent volunteers in every month for the entire year and brought dried food and fresh vegetables to every student in the school. Target Corporation works with approximately 25 schools  in the district.

May 9, 2012

Partners In Education hosting annual awards for best school and business partnerships in 2011-2012

Partners In Education is pleased to announce our annual awards for school-based partnerships. The Community Involvement Awards are given to companies, schools and businesses who work with our schools to provide the best educational opportunities to our students. The ceremony will be held in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Parker Playhouse on Wednesday, May 9 at 9 a.m. This year’s awards highlight four partnerships which have demonstrated true benefits for Broward County students. This event is in conjunction with Broward County Public School’s Community Involvement Awards for Volunteers of the Year, Mentors of the Year and Parent Involvement Program of the Year.

The following four partners are being awarded for truly being a Partner In Education during the awards ceremony:

West Broward High and Condee Farm have been working together since the school opened to provide hands-on experience for students in the Veterinary Assistance Program. Students completing the program graduate with 300 hours on on-site training in addition to 200 hours in the classroom, and are eligible for industry certification. Condee farm also hosts Farm Days and brings animals onto campus for the school’s early childhood program. Last school year, 36 students received their certification as Veterinary Assistants. Forty-one are expected to receive it this year.

 

Sunset School and ArtServe worked together to create an art experience for the students, many of whom have emotional and behavioral disabilities and live in group or foster homes. The project was designed as a six-day eco-art experience, encouraging the students to learn about the animals and natural resources of South Florida and encouraging them to express what they learned in Masks, Dance, Clay, Drama and Poetry. Most of these students have never been exposed to hands-on art program or to the local environment. This transformative experience left 42 students of all ages feeling much more connected to the world around them.

 

Tradewinds Elementary with Share-A-Pet are using certified therapy dogs to improve the reading skills of struggling second grade students. The dogs go to classes and listen to the children read. They animals are patient and do not rush or judge the children. The dogs reward the reader by shaking paws or allowing the reader to pet them. The teachers report that this program boosts the self-confidence of their young readers, and the Share-A-Pet volunteers work closely with the teachers to meet the needs of the students.

Lauderdale Manors Elementary School, Target and Heart of America worked together on the Library Make-Over. New books and new technology were featured in the new library. Target, collaborating with a local food pantry, also sent volunteers in every month for the entire year and brought dried food and fresh vegetables to every student in the school. Target Corporation works with approximately 25 schools in the district.

Target also provides donations to schools designated by their customers through the REDCard program. Their generosity, both corporate and local, extends to individual schools and programs. Through a national contest run by Target in conjunction with the Ellen DeGeneres Show, two schools, Broadview Elementary and Nova Eisenhower Elementary each received $100,000 to augment their technology.