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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 20, 2012

West Broward Bar Association becomes business partner to Seminole Middle School; Golf tournament May 12 helps fund school law program

An accidental conversation was the spark for a solid business partnership and a May 12 charity golf fundraiser between the West Broward Bar Association (WBBA) and Seminole Middle School in Plantation.

“I was in the school, telling someone my goals to [grow the law program] and said I would love to get in touch with the Broward Bar when a nearby mother, who happened to be a lawyer overheard me,” said Mell Rupp, law teacher and department head at Seminole Middle explaining how the parent got him involved with the Bar. “At the time the West Broward Bar was just forming, so I went to a luncheon and met a lot of local judges.”

That luncheon led a strong partnership with the association, with Mr. Rupp focused on creating interactive learning opportunities for students in the Seminole Middle law program.

“Building a partnership like this takes a lot of hard work and I commend Mr. Rupp for his focus on finding this opportunity for students,” said Nina Randall, executive director of Partners In Education (PIE), a local non-profit that has helped develop thousands of school/business partnership. “At PIE we strive every day to help Broward County Public Schools learn how to develop these important relationships with the community and I am proud to see Seminole Middle take the initiative in creating this partnership with the West Broward Bar.”

The Department of Enhanced Communications and Law program, or DECAL, at Seminole Middle, gives students opportunities to push themselves to earn early high school credits in addition to taking advanced languages, math and communications such as Spanish, Speech, Debate as well as law classes.

Through the West Broward Bar Association, students have had tours of the courthouse, conducted mock trials and have spoken with local members of the legal community. Howard Finklestein with Channel 7’s Help Me Howard, Michael Satz, Broward state attorney and juvenile judge Elijah Williams, among others, have all taught the middle school students simple legal procedures.

“The West Broward Bar partnership is really a great fit, and this year, the West Broward Bar Association approached Seminole Middle about (expanding our relationship by) having a charity event that benefited the school,” added Rupp. “The Bar Association usually does charity events and they decide to do it for the school since they knew we were struggling with cuts.”

The West Broward Bar Inaugural Golf Classic will be held May 12 at the Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club  (7050 W Broward Blvd., Plantation). The Classic will raise funds to buy computers and materials for the law students at Seminole Middle School.

The Seminole Middle School DECAL program is the only active non-magnet school government and law program in Broward County. WBBA President Michael Rajtar said that the legal organization is partnering with the law program to benefit the next generation.

The tournament is open to the public and will begin with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by shotgun start at 1 p.m. After the event, cocktails will be served from 5 – 6 p.m. followed by an awards dinner, silent auction and a raffle. Players will include attorneys, judges, and parents of Seminole Middle School students.

Tickets are $100 per golfer and several sponsorship levels are available starting at $250. For more information or to register online, go to (

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