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Community Involvement Awards -
Business Partners Honored for Contributions
to Broward Students

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2013-14 Partnership of the Year Award Recipients

Partners In Education and Broward County Public Schools recently honored parents, volunteers, mentors and business and community partnerships at its annual Community Involvement Awards. The theme for this year’s community involvement celebration was "You Make a World of Difference."

The salute, which recognized more than 40,000 volunteers, mentors and partners who contribute to the success of students and schools throughout the school year, was held on April 10, 2013, at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The honorees and their guests enjoyed a brunch and music performed by the Everglades High School Choir.

Following are the Community Involvement Awards Honorees:

Outstanding District Partnership of the Year

Education and Youth Advocacy Committee, The Broward Workshop
The Broward Workshop, a private non-partisan, non-profit organization consisting of 100 of Broward’s leading business and professional leaders, formed the Education and Youth Advocacy Committee (EYAC), co-chaired by Alan Levy, President and CEO of Great American Farms and Linda Carter, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Broward. EYAC members, executive leaders from the District, business sector and postsecondary institutions, are charged with breaking down barriers and creating community solutions to the issues facing education.

The Broward Workshop

Outstanding School-Based Partnerships of the Year

Donation of Cash or In-Kind Support Award: Publix Super Markets with Whispering Pines Center
Publix Super Market is a mainstay at Whispering Pines Center, a facility that serves emotionally/behaviorally disturbed, special-needs students ranging from 5 to 22 years of age. Among the programs offered by Publix is an on-the-job training program that assists students in acquiring self-reliance, self-esteem, independent living skills, as well as social skills, work ethics and employability skills. Publix provides hands-on training opportunities for students to learn key job skills in the areas of front-end customer service (bagging), frozen food and produce stocking. Several Whispering Pines students found permanent employment with Publix after finishing their education.

Donation of Time Award: Jones Lang LaSalle with Boyd Anderson High School
Steven Wasserman, Senior Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle and a member of the Council of Educational Change successfully facilitated a $250,000 grant targeted to increasing Boyd Anderson High School’s graduation rate. Wasserman worked with teams of teachers, administrators and business representatives to develop and implement a student shadowing and internship program, a career fair and a Global Logistics and Manufacturing dual enrollment program aligned to Broward College.

Project-Based Learning Partnership Award: Sonny’s Enterprises and Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School
Sonny’s provides hands-on, high quality instruction to Atlantic Technical High School students through a variety of programs. With the support and assistance of Sonny’s engineers, managers, machinists and even the company president, the FIRST Robotics team built a competitive robot able to perform and win at competitions locally and nationally. Sonny’s is also involved with the Machining Apprenticeship Program, which trains more then 30 students per year. 100% of these students opted for college as the next step, with 76% choosing engineering as their major.

The Broward Workshop

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients of the Partnership of the Year Awards.

Event Sponsors

Broward County Public Schools thank the following sponsors for their commitment to the students, families and communities of Broward County.

Platinum Sponsors: BrightStar Credit Union

Silver Sponsors: After School Programs, Inc., Florida Power & Light, Super Markets Charities, and Sunshine Child Programs

Copper Sponsors: Pearson

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