‘Back to School at Bell’s’ sets positive tone for school year

By Nancy Eagleton….

Community leader Wilbur Bell, owner of Bell’s Short Stop in Perrine, partnered with Palmetto schools’ PTSA organizers to host the back-to-school event.

Administrators, counselors and teachers from Miami Palmetto Senior High and Palmetto Middle schools met with students and families on Aug. 16 to begin the 2011-12 school year with “Back to School at Bell’s.”

More than 75 families attended the event at Bell’s Short Stop, the Perrine landmark at 17452 SW 104 Ave. owned by Wilbur Bell, to celebrate the start of the new school year.
Florida District 118 Rep. Dwight Bullard joined Bell, representatives of both schools and local families to set a positive tone for the school year.

Back to School at Bell’s was organized by Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) members from Palmetto Senior High and Palmetto Middle. During the event, students and families learned about the schools’ offerings, enjoyed refreshments, entered to win giveaways and listened to music compliments of Aubrey “DJ Mixx” Davis.

School supply giveaways as well as food and drinks were donated by Costco, Moe’s Party Rental and Target of Cutler Ridge.

Palmetto High School’s new assistant principal Gregory Beckford, school administrators and PTSA members from both schools are confident that events such as Back to School at Bell’s will help to increase parental involvement at the two schools, which serve students from Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, the Falls area and Perrine.

“The event gave students and families the opportunity to meet with their school’s administrators, counselors and teachers in their neighborhood, in an informal and enjoyable setting,” said Dr. Allison Harley, new principal at Palmetto High.

“Increased parental involvement helps to increase student success. We will work together to continue outreach efforts that will help make the Palmetto schools more accessible to the entire community. It truly does take a village to raise a child.”

For more information on Miami Palmetto Senior High, visit www.mpsh.dadeschools.net or call 305-235-1360. For more information on Palmetto Middle, visit www.pms.dadeschools.net or call 305-238-3911.

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