Middle School Students Get Surprise Visit From Music Celebrity For Winning Get Schooled Challenge

From left, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, DJ Khaled, a Miami-based multi-platinum music producer and Miami Gardens restaurateur, Miami Carol Middle School student Rodney Davis, and Derek Cooper, Comcast Florida Region Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment. Davis holds the laptop he was given by Comcast in recognition of his efforts as a Student Ambassador during the Get Schooled National Attendance Challenge.

(L-R) Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, DJ Khaled, a Miami-based multi-platinum music producer and Miami Gardens restaurateur, Miami Carol Middle School student Rodney Davis, and Derek Cooper, Comcast Florida Region Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment.

Students also recognized by Comcast with New Laptops and Internet Service

Global hit maker, producer DJ Khaled stepped in recently as “principal for the day” as “Get Schooled” recognized Carol City Middle School’s first place finish in its national attendance challenge.  The Challenge was made possible through the support of Internet Essentials from Comcast, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program, which provides affordable high-speed Internet service and free digital literacy training to low-income families.  Comcast also donated laptops and six months of high-speed Internet service to six students at Carol City Middle School in recognition of their efforts to rally their fellow students to victory in this national attendance competition.

DJ Khaled, a Miami-based multi-platinum music producer and Miami Gardens restaurateur, served as the Celebrity Principal for the event.  Mayor Oliver Gilbert III declared it “DJ Khaled Day” to recognize the importance of his civic leadership in Miami Gardens.

Carol City students won the Get Schooled National Attendance Challenge by increasing their attendance by 8 percent – more than any of the other 98 schools around the country that participated in the contest.

“Congratulations to Carol City Middle School students, teachers and faculty for this amazing accomplishment,” said Derek Cooper, Comcast Florida Region Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment. “Online access and digital literacy are critical for students to succeed in today’s world. Comcast is committed to connecting more low-income students to digital educational resources, like those offered from Get Schooled.”

Cooper presented six Student Ambassadors each with a laptop and an Internet Essentials opportunity card good for six months of free service through the program. During the challenge, these students lead the efforts to help improve the school’s attendance rate and keep everyone engaged through online education games from Get Schooled. Comcast also donated four more laptops and Internet Essentials opportunity cards for the school to distribute to additional students it selects.

Since it began in 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 500,000 families, or more than 2 million low-income Americans, to the power of the Internet at home, including more than 182,000 people in South Florida.


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