School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall recognized the Miami-Dade NAACP ACT-SO (NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) 2016 Winners at the August 10, 2016 School Board Meeting. The NAACP ACT-SO is a year-round achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

MIAMI (July 29, 2016) – USA Funds announced its selection of St. Thomas University (STU) as one of seven institutions nationwide that will share nearly $2.3 million in grants, with the goal of enhancing the college completion rates and career readiness of first-generation, low-income and minority students. The $325,000 grant for STU’s D.R.I.V.E. program (Developing Relevant Indices for Viable Employment) will provide a cohort of entering students with four years of career-oriented education and training, an individualized plan to foster college completion and career readiness, and the support of a professional coach and mentor.

University students everywhere are reminiscing about their summer vacation as they pack and ship their personal gear for the Fall academic semester. Getting ready for “Back to School” by assembling clothes and other school necessities for an international college student may seem hard enough and packing may seem more challenging.

The Education Fund is currently recruiting business professionals to volunteer as "Teacher Champions" for the Teach-A-Thon! The Teach-A-Thon is a messaging and awareness campaign based on a walk-a-thon model that involves volunteers from the business sector to actually experience what it is like to teach in a classroom full of students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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