By Bari Auerbach….
Following an inspiring rendition of God Bless Americasung by talented vocalists from North Miami Beach Sr. High’s Spectrum Singers, appreciation was expressed to Mercantil Commercebank, members of the AMC’s Education Committee chaired by Eileen Glastein of Bnai Zion Foundation; School Board members, principals, teachers, guidance counselors, parents and AMC members supporting the goal to help students achieve success.
The AMC has won the annual Dade Partner of Excellence award four times and has been inducted into the Dade Partners Hall of Fame for four consecutive years.
On behalf of Mercantil Commercebank, Aventura Banking Center Manager Andrew Waxman commented, “We are proud to sponsor an event that provides such a positive impact to the students within our community.” He added, “this event gives students the chance to demonstrate their talent and potential, and provides valuable experience they can apply to their future endeavors.”
MDCPS Superintendent Carvalho leads the fourth largest school system in the nation with over 53,000 employees and 345,000 students.
“It’s time to celebrate the ‘community’ of public education – what other sector of our country is so embedded in the rich history and tradition of our nation?” Carvalho said.
Commending students’ success, Carvalho noted third graders continued to perform well on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) despite tougher standards; and for the fourth time, Miami-Dade County Public Schools is a finalist for the 2011 Broad Prize for Urban Education – one of the nation’s most prestigious education awards honoring districts demonstrating the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement. “I’m so incredibly proud of this district for not only beating the odds, but for outperforming everybody else, not only in the state, but the country,” Carvalho said.
Addressing budget cuts, Carvalho spoke about the importance of working with the School Board to maintain a strong commitment to local classrooms; preserving art, music, language, and physical education programs; and introducing a new performance pay plan for teachers.
Carvalho closed by encouraging the community to support and invest in public education. “The one element that pulls us all together is the public classroom where every kid is recognized only by how high the sky is and how far the stars are – and that is their ambition and right to fulfill their dreams. This will be ‘the greatest generation’. They’ll get to do it all – if we do right by them.”
For information about Mercantil Commercebank’s Aventura Banking Center, call 305-521-4912 or visit mercantilcb.com.