Dr. Jayne Greenberg of Miami-Dade Public Schools recognized by the White House as Anchors Away Founder

Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Executive Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy for M-DCPS, was recently sworn in by Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Howard Koh, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. as a Councilmember of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The Executive Branch swearing-in ceremony in was followed by a White House reception hosted by President Obama and the First Lady.

In a recent White House press release, President Obama said about Dr. Greenberg and a select few others national winners, “These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles and I am proud to have them serve in this administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Dr. Jayne Greenberg was recognized for developing one of the best physical education programs in the United States as well as creating a sailing program for students with autism, physical and intellectual disabilities that not only taught them how to sail their own little boats, but taught them science, math, physical education and life skills. With her program vision in mind, she visited her friends at the Aventura Marketing Council to help fundraise to purchase just one speciallyadapted access dinghy for the students.

Within a matter of months, the Aventura Marketing Council (AMC) created the Anchors Away Foundation, had Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel as the Chairman and AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman and AMC President Elaine Adler on the new Anchors Away Foundation Board of Directors. In February, 2005, seven boats were officially launched at Oleta River State Park, the ‘home base’ for the Anchors Away program. In December 2005, another eight boats were launched; in November, 2006, another 14 boats were launched; in October, 2009, another six boats were launched, and in April, 2011, another two boats were launched, bringing the total to 37 specially-equipped access dinghies that are currently sailing out of Oleta River State Park, Coconut Grove Sailing Club and the Miami Yacht Club.

“We are proud to say that 100% of every dollar donated to the Anchors Away Foundation is spent on purchasing the boats, specialized motorized equipment for children who cannot use their arms, beach access wheelchairs and other necessary equipment and repairs for the continuation of this program,” noted Vice Mayor Joel. Dr. Greenberg added, “I was so proud to be at the White House accepting this honor…and I know that the Aventura Marketing Council through its Anchors Away Foundation played an integral role in developing this very special sailing program for students.”


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