August 2017 Update

August 2017

Spotlight on Executive PASS© in Pinellas
School may have been out for the summer, but the Pinellas County business community was hard at work supporting some of the district’s Executive PASS schools. Students from Campbell Park, High Point, and Melrose Elementary schools were some of the over 100 happy recipients of brand new beds, mattress sets, and bedding from Ashley Furniture's Hope To Dream Program.

Ashley HomeStores, the Clearwater Threshers, and Minor League Baseball hosted deserving families from the Tampa Bay area for the Hope to Dream event at Spectrum Field, home of the Clearwater Thresher Minor League Baseball Team, on Saturday, June 24. Upon arriving, the children and their families were welcomed by volunteers then escorted to the Kid's Zone where they were treated royally.

The guests were escorted to the right field where they were presented with a twin mattress, bed frame and bedding, complete with a Threshers and Hope to Dream co-branded pillow and fleece blanket. Threshers’ players were on-hand for the reveal and team mascot, Phinley, delighted those in attendance as the kids enjoyed a dance party on their new beds. Following the presentation, attendees enjoyed a variety of ballpark fare, then were escorted onto the field for the national anthem. In the third inning, The Threshers honored Ashley HomeStores as its Community Hero of the night.

Ashley HomeStores believes that every child deserves a good night's sleep. This program has provided mattress sets to less fortunate children across the U.S. Since its inception, more than 40,000 children have received a brand new mattress set. Families from Executive PASS schools are so thankful for this wonderful gift and for the generosity bestowed upon them through this program. These young scholars will certainly be more prepared for school after getting the rest they require, they’ll be ready to learn each day.

Council In The News

The Miami Today newspaper profiled Council President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin as one of its Achievers. Dr. Liftin was nominated by Board member Philip Blumberg for the Council’s outstanding contributions to education. The Council’s 21 year impact includes $9 million invested in educational programs that have benefitted 219 schools throughout the state. Executive PASS programs in Miami-Dade have partnered principals and business leaders in over 150 schools which have generated countless in-kind as well as monetary and item donations for participating schools.

Tampa Bay's 83 Degrees Media, published an op-ed by Dr. Elaine Liftin, Council President and Executive Director calling on the business community to get more involved to bridge the achievement gap as funds are redirected to School Choice. In the article she urges, “More than ever before, the business community needs to get involved in helping our public schools develop a culture of excellence and bridge the student achievement gap.”

PASS© and Executive PASS©
Statewide Sponsors: Raymond James Financial and Publix Super Markets Charities
In May, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Bailes Campus celebrated the amazing accomplishments of many of the UCP children and families!
  •    181 Pre-K Program Graduates
  •    3 UCP West Orange and 19 UCP Bailes 5th Grade Graduates
  •    5 UCP Transitional Learning Academy Graduates
  •    13 UCP BETA Graduates
With the Council’s support and the support of the dedicated staff and families, the school is able to provide a place where hope begins and miracles happen. Miracles like one of our UCP Osceola graduates, who, in front of all his friends and family opened the graduation ceremony with a beautiful invocation. Despite many years of struggling with speech and other sensory processing challenges, with the intervention of therapy and the school’s education programs, he shared beautiful words loud and proud ending with a cheer and bow.

Congratulations to Terry Strong, a former PASS principal who recently retired from the Polk County School District. Terry was the principal at Winston Elementary in Lakeland during two successful PASS partnerships. This PASS program was sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities. Hunt Berryman was the CEO mentor and Vivian Underwood was the PASS Coach during the first partnership, and Susan Turner was the PASS Coach during the second partnership. Winston Elementary became an "A" school during the partnership period. Council staff continue to work with the current principal, Ava Brown and Tim McKenna who continues as the assistant principal there. Terry Strong was a Gold Medallion Finalist for the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award in 2008.

Welcome to Brandon D. Clayton, new principal at Carter G. Woodson Elementary; he has the opportunity to work in a school with the PASS support system. Congratulations to Cheryl Quarles Gaston, a former Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Gold Medallion Winner, as she moves to Lone Star Elementary and takes a wealth of expertise in the area of business and community partnerships with her to a new assignment. Helen Lane, Joannie Newton, and Muffet Corse have been strong supporters at Carter G. Woodson since 2005. Coach Frances Gupton and PASS Coordinator Sherry Clarke are providing transition support.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay (BBBS) has developed a peer mentor program utilizing Clearwater High School students as “Bigs” (mentors), and Oak Grove Middle School students as “Littles” (mentees). Thirty-two students were chosen from each site, the students meet bi-weekly. When working with their Littles, the Bigs serve as a resource, a helping hand, a sounding board, a tutor, and a role model. The Big Brothers Big Sisters research based training has developed students into leaders, and the monitored mentoring program provides stability and integrity to the participants. The St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport partnered with BBBS of Tampa Bay to launch a School-to-Work program with Clearwater High School. As part of the new program, approximately 20 students visit the airport once a month to meet with key stakeholders and employees who served as mentors. The high school students attend seminars on post-graduation skills such as resume writing, job interviewing, college preparation and vocational training, and then spent one-on-one time with their mentors to focus on individual support and guidance. BBBS of Tampa Bay and Clearwater High School are developing another School-to-Work program with Pinellas County Government. We anticipate a 2017-2018 launch!

New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade

  • Jose De Diego Middle – Principal Dr. April Thompson-Williams and Business Partner Marielys Rosado of Barreras, Gerson, Preston & Co., P.A.,
  • Dr. Carlos Rios, Jr. is continuing his partnership with Scott Barkow of Raymond James while moving to Southwest Miami Senior,
  • Charles R. Drew K-8 Center’s new principal Raymond Sands is continuing his partnership with Bernard Cottle of WPBT-Channel 2.

Boots Richards is the Executive Pass coordinator in Miami Dade.

A printable version of the Update is available for download below.

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