JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises plants 500 trees in Deer­field Beach

South Florida Times - - METRO - High school stu­dents’ col­lege choices cel­e­brated at an­nual event in­spired by Michelle Obama. Staff Re­port

JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises as­so­ci­ate Mi­la­gros Jimenez (back right) brought her fam­ily to the en­vi­ron­men­tally fo­cused event.In ad­di­tion to plant­ing trees,chil­dren ages 6 and older,par­tic­i­pated in Earth Day crafts, dec­o­rat­ing wa­ter­ing cans and pot­ted plants.

More than 200 vol­un­teers joined as­so­ci­ates from JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises, the com­pany’s fam­i­lies and friends and the Ar­bor Day Foun­da­tion and Com­mu­nity Green­ing to plant 500 trees in Deer­field Beach. Com­mu­nity Green­ing, a lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal non-profit, led JM Fam­ily’s ur­ban green­ing project by re­plac­ing trees lost in Hur­ri­cane Irma and adding more trees to con­trib­ute to the city’s green in­fra­struc­ture.

Through this week­end’s ef­forts, 300 sand pine and scrub oaks were planted in Tivoli Sand Pine Pre­serve, 75 live oaks, wild tamarind and gumbo lim­bos were planted in Vil­lages of Hills­boro Park and 125 var­i­ous tree species were planted in the Ar­bore­tum at Con­sti­tu­tion Park. The week­end’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts were a part of the JM Fam­ily En­ter­prise’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

MIAMI – Miami Dade Col­lege (MDC) held the third an­nual Reach Higher-Col­lege Sign­ing Day at MDC’s North Cam­pus on Wed­nes­day, April 25. This event was cel­e­brated dur­ing the na­tional Early Col­lege High School Week to broadly pro­mote higher ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ti­vate a col­lege-bound cul­ture in the com­mu­nity. Ba­sit Hasan, arena man­ager for the Miami Heat, was the key­note speaker.

Col­lege Sign­ing Day is an ini­tia­tive in­spired by for­mer First Lady Michelle Obama to en­cour­age stu­dents in Amer­ica to en­roll in col­lege and com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion be­yond high school. The event was a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion and recog­ni­tion of the high school grad­u­at­ing class of 2018, es­pe­cially stu­dents that have made the im­por­tant de­ci­sion to en­roll and pur­sue their dreams at MDC.

“MDC prides it­self in serv­ing as an ed­u­ca­tional bea­con in our com­mu­nity, en­sur­ing all stu­dents have ac­cess to a qual­ity, higher ed­u­ca­tion,” said Dr. Malou C. Har­ri­son, pres­i­dent of North and In­terAmer­i­can Cam­puses. “This event rec­og­nizes our youth’s de­ci­sion to at­tain a higher ed­u­ca­tion by ma­tric­u­lat­ing at the Col­lege as they pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tional and ca­reer dreams and as­pi­ra­tions.”

Stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors from through­out Miami-Dade County at­tended the event to se­cure ad­mis­sion and en­roll­ment into MDC. Se­niors stood be­fore teach­ers,friends,and the com­mu­nity to an­nounce their com­mit­ment to at­tend col­lege and share sto­ries about their up­com­ing aca­demic path­ways.

All par­tic­i­pants were en­cour­aged to im­merse them­selves in an in­ter­ac­tive dis­play of aca­demic dis­ci­plines that of­fer stu­dents a panoramic view of real-world ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able upon earn­ing de­grees from MDC. MDC aims to pro­mote higher learn­ing and en­cour­age stu­dents to com­mit to col­lege prior to grad­u­at­ing from high school. Col­lege Sign­ing Day of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the stu­dent com­mu­nity, high­light stu­dent leaders, and in­spire more young peo­ple to take the first steps on their jour­ney to higher ed­u­ca­tion.


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