Jane Roberts K-8 students receive lesson in philanthropy, teamwork

Jose Trueba’s students help Peter Jude prepare a check for presentation during KRMC’s visit to Jane S. Roberts K-8 Center as part of the KAPOW program.

A recent visit from Kendall Regional Medical Center volunteers gave Jose Trueba’s sixth grade class at Jane S. Roberts K-8 Center a lesson in philanthropy and teamwork.

This visit was part of a year-long School-To-Career program called KAPOW (Kids And the Power Of Work) presented by Learning for Success Inc. in conjunction with Kendall Regional Medical Center (KRMC). Through KAPOW, teachers and volunteers from more than 90 South Florida businesses and organizations collaborate to teach lessons that connect classroom learning with real world workplace skills.

During the visit, students participated in a check presentation made to Learning for Success Inc. with Peter Jude, KRMC’s director of Marketing and Public Relations. Kendall Regional Medical Center donated $1,500 to Learning for Success Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

They also then turned their efforts to a team-building exercise with volunteer Karen Henington. Forming teams, they strategized on how to pass oranges to each other without repeating the method of transfer from one student to the other. Following that the group celebrated by squeezing the oranges and enjoying the fresh juice.

The classroom visits such as this will culminate in May with a field trip to KRMC. At that time, students are able to utilize the workplace skills learned in the classroom in a real world environment.

“The KAPOW program makes my job easier,” Trueba said. “Reinforcing the importance of concepts such as teamwork and positive work habits provides our students with the skills they need to reach their goals,” he added.

“Participating in KAPOW provides our volunteers with a great deal of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment,” Jude said. “This is an opportunity for KRMC to impact the lives of our youth.

Jane S. Roberts K-8 Center uses the KAPOW lessons, taught monthly by KAPOW volunteers, to fulfill school improvement goals. “Cross Curriculum Connections” sections contained in each KAPOW lesson help teachers integrate KAPOW lesson concepts into areas such as math, science, social studies, writing, art and technology.

To find out more about KAPOW, contact John Casbarro, KAPOW coordinator, at john.casbarro@gmail.com at 1-954-680-3916 (office), 786-877-0334 (cell) or visit online at www.kapowlfs.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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