Archive for ‘Events’

November 20, 2012

Motorola Solutions and Dillard High School’s Emerging Technology Magnet Program

Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale is grateful and privileged to work with Motorola Solutions and the Motorola engineers who mentor students in the Emerging Technology Magnet Program. This 15-year partnership is not only rewarding and inspirational for students, but also for the engineers involved.

Through Motorola’s participation with the robotics and technology program, engineers share their knowledge of science and technology, impart on-the-spot problem solving skills, and show students ways to apply their class work to real life situations.

Dillard High’s Emerging Technology students
pose with the robot.

As part of the FIRST Robotics Competition Program, students work side-by-side with Motorola engineers in the 6-week program each year. They collaborate to understand the annual published robotics game challenge, devise a large-scale robot that accomplishes the teams’ goals, and fabricate a fully functional 5’ tall robot. Students then travel the country with the 120-pound robotic creation to compete against other high school/corporation partnerships.  Besides being a very engaging method to show students the basics of engineering and design, the program teaches students how to work in a multi-disciplinary team, practice “gracious professionalism” towards others, and accept that winning is not always the end-all goal of competition.

Motorola has stated the following about their participation, “We hope that through our involvement over the years we have inspired students and sparked an interest in pursuing careers in high-tech industries.  We look forward to each year that we are able to guide the students with hands-on, real-life, STEM oriented projects and hope to continue our relationship for years to come.”

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.

April 6, 2012

Clueless a great success this year!

Whoever would have thought a murder would become a fundraiser on the streets of Fort Lauderdale? In a case of whodunit, sleuths from all over South Florida helped raise $19,500 for the non-profit Partners In Education while trying to solve a fictional murder mystery during this year’s ClueLess on Las Olas: “Till Death Do us Apart.”

For two hours, locals scoured the streets, buying hints from snitches and grabbing clues from the shops, all to find out who murdered Hillary Smith, the bride-to-be of the well-to-do Hawthorne Hatchett. Found dead in her room, the list of suspects included friends, former girlfriends of her fiancé Hatchett, a pushy boss, and even the escort/male dancer for the bachelorette party.

More than 450 amateur sleuths were seen weaving in and out of shops trying to solve this whodunit, which eventually revealed escort Taj Gupta as the murderer. As an annual fundraiser for Partners In Education, the event also featured a raffle and silent auction.

See Answers to Clues and Hints here. More photos here.

Sponsored by Wheelabrator Technologies among other business partners, the event raised money for Partners In Education. PIE works to improve student achievement by cultivating and integrating business, community and school resources for all students in Broward County Public Schools. All Broward County Schools are available for new partnerships. Businesses may make commitments of time, financial resources or other support, based on the need of the school and the type of business. In the 2010/2011 school year there were more than 2700 school partnerships that contributed $3.14 million in added resources to schools through cash and in-kind donations and the value of volunteer services.

For information about the program, please contact Nina A. Randall, APR, Executive Director at 754-321-1974 or or visit the PIE website at

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February 29, 2012

17th annual ClueLess On Las Olas ‘Til Death Do Us Apart’

Society is all aflutter with the news of the wedding of the year, but the fun is cut off when the bride is found dead in “Till Death Do Us Apart.” As part of an annual fundraiser, Clueless on Las Olas, draws 500 amateur sleuths scouring the streets of Fort Lauderdale to find the truth. On Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7 p.m. detectives gather on Las Olas Blvd. to solve the unique murder mystery game.

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