MCS Lady Victors take District 2 A Title

MCS Lady Victors take District 2 A Title

Fall sports are in full swing at Miami Christian and the Miami Christian Lady Victors Volleyball team has defeated Westwood Christian to take the FHSAA District 2A Championship and moves on to regionals.

Meanwhile, the MCS Cross Country Team has also seen success with three students –
Catalina Alonso, Daniel Morejon, and Paula Barrientos – winning medals for placing in the top 10 students in a 10-school meet hosted by Palmer Trinity School.

In other school news, students are most grateful for a donation from Robert Coulter, owner of Choice Contracting in Shelbyville, Ind. Coulter has generously built and installed four large garden troughs along with five yds of special blended organic soil for growing vegetables to replace the ones Miami Christian lost in Hurricane Irma last school year.

He already had a lot of the materials to build the troughs and then got Lowe’s in Franklin, Ind., to donate about $600 worth of wood slats. The organic garden proceeds have been used to support Sunil’s Home Orphanage in India and attack poverty at home – and is an ongoing educational and charitable project for the elementary school students.

Of course, community service is ingrained in students from an early age and students serve their community big time through their fundraising efforts. Last spring, they raised $1,000 through their organic garden sales, which was used to help a family in Houston to rebuild their home after Hurricane Harvey.

This fall, they sent another $1,000 from garden proceeds to help a second family in Houston that needed a little help in finishing up the replacement of their roof after Hurricane Harvey.

Then, with a special attire fundraiser this fall, they sent another $1,000 to Coastal Christian School in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence went through, and they are now holding a second special attire fundraiser to help Community Christian School in Tallahassee with repairs they need after Hurricane Michael tore through. It is amazing how much you can raise when you offer the option of wearing jeans for a donation.

The organic garden project is one of many ways MCS teaches children to give back and learn from hands-on experiences. In fact, as part of their Social Studies activities, First Grade teacher, Mrs. Fernandez, taught students about Johnny Appleseed and then got them to make applesauce. This is but one of many inventive ways MCS teachers make learning fun.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.


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