…the beat goes on at Miami Christian School

Vicky Vila at Promethean Board training

Technology training, the Chapel week series and visits from the Sweetwater SWAT and Canine Teams added to fundraisers and student honors to make February an especially active month at Miami Christian School.

Vicky Vila, MCS High School ESE Resource teacher, took advantage of Promethean Board training made possible through the IDEA Project with Miami Dade County Public Schools as students and staff enjoyed a weeklong“ Spiritual Emphasis” chapel series for middle and high school students.

They were joined by their peers from Horeb Christian School each day to hear David Stocker, youth pastor from Central Bible Church, as featured speaker during a program that also featured an MCS Parent Teacher Fellowship fund-raising dinner on Thursday. The festive Chinese dinner and a Chapel service by Metro Life Church was enjoyed by all.

* * *MCS Middle School students looking forward to their Teen Valley Ranch trip this spring and working hard to raise funds for the experience. For that effort, they have brought food trucks on campus during after school hours to sell items to their friends. La Nostra Pizza and Kona Ice were here for a half-day recently.

* * * The High School Beta Club, always actively involved in community service, raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through a schoolwide effort. Seventh grade regular class with Homeroom Teacher Tatiana Hernandez notched highest money per student and will enjoy a pizza party as a reward. First grade class with Joanna Clark came in second. Congratulations to all for raising more than $1000 to help this great cause.

* * * In other news, the Sweetwater SWAT and Canine Teams came on campus to do a presentation for middle and high school students on how the teams work in the community. Officers in full gear demonstrated what it was like to be a SWAT team member, demonstrating how a working officer’s canine dog does his job, as well. The officers plan to return with horses and helicopters for further instructional school appearances.

* * * Kudos in order for students invited to perform in the District 20 Honor Band in February. Exemplifying MCS’s quality music program were Chris Abello, Sophia Saenz, Abel Victores, Elizabeth Rosillo and Robert Barrueco, all of whom gave outstanding performances.

* * * Re-enrollment has opened and Admissions Open Houses are being held to introduce quality programs and activities to interested families. Tel. Gladys Mata (305-221-7754 x771) for a tour and information. Check MCS on Facebook(on.fb.me/mcsvictors) or the MCS website <www.miamichristian.org>


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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