Last week, SEED Miami students visited the Biscayne Nature Center, where they waded into the ocean to further explore the South Florida ecosystem of the Seagrass Bed. They collected live specimens, such as invertebrates like crabs and Mantis shrimp, as well as various fish species such as Pipefish, Puffer Fish and Trunk Fish. After their collection, students spent the afternoon in a hands-on laboratory, where they learned more about these species as well as other aspects of our South Florida ecosystems.
SEED Miami ambassadors and staff presented a gift as a token of our appreciation to the Braman Family Charitable Trust. The Braman Family Charitable trust was an early supporter of SEED Miami and we are grateful for their continued support!
Along with 1900 other dance enthusiasts in Miami-Dade County, SEED Miami scholars attended a special performance of Alvin Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center on February 24th. Superintendent Carvalho reminded students, “Alvin Ailey believes in all of us.” We were inspired to keep dancing thanks to supporters and our generous hosts, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Alvin Ailey Foundation, and Superintendent Carvalho.
For the second year in a row, The Everglades Foundation hosted The SEED School of Miami students and staff on an educational adventure around Everglades National Park. Students and staff toured Shark Valley and learned about the Everglades ecology and water management while observing wildlife. We also enjoyed an airboat ride and had lunch on a Miccosukee island, a first for many of our students. We are grateful to The Everglades Foundation, SEED Miami Board member, Carlos de la Cruz, Jr., and Dave Lawrence for this incredible opportunity.
Another quarter finished means another Dean's List incentive trip! The Quarter 2 Dean's List students visited GameTime at The Shops at Sunset Place.
The SEED Miami Dancers performed at the Quarter 2 Honors Assembly and showed our community how talented they are! The dancers and Ms. Yaniz have put forth a great amount of effort preparing for this performance!
The SEED Speaks Series is a monthly guest speaker series in which people from different career fields, as well as individuals who are community and social leaders, are invited to speak to the SEED community about their respective expertise. The purpose of the SEED Speak series is to expose, expand, and inspire students to go out and reach for their DREAMS and connect them with individuals in their field of interest.
This month's SEED Speaker Series guest is Ms. Loraine Tomlin. She is a Miami native who was a corp member at Homestead Middle School for City Year Miami 2014-2015 corp year. She then re-enlisted to serve a second year as the school's Team Leader, mentoring the incoming City Year Corp members. Since then, Ms. Tomlin has been promoted to Impact manager for City Year Miami. She knew that she wanted to live a life of service to others and inspire change within her community and that is exactly what she does. Ms. Tomlin discussed City Year and how her life journey led her to live a life of service.
SEED Miami’s supportive learning environment extends well beyond the classroom. All of our SEED students and their families gain exposure to a variety of unique activities, learning opportunities, and exposure trips throughout the community. On January 19th SEED scholars were able to explore and learn about contemporary art at Perez Art Museum Miami. We are grateful to Dorothy Terrell, Trustee at PAMM and SEED Miami supporter, who provided this unique and fun learning experience for our students.
Professor Diaz and the 8th grade SEED Store girls organized a Holiday Sweets Shoppe filled with ice cream, hot chocolate, and other treats. Students who earned at least 500 SEED Dollars throughout the week for displaying positive behavior in the academic day and evening programming were invited to indulge on the goodies. Happy Holidays!
SEED is so grateful for our community of partners who not only support us financially, but also create opportunities for our students. Today we showcase the generosity of Robert Gordon and Frank Armstrong of Investor Solutions, who have generously funded wonderful programs like our Robotics SPARK and others. In addition, they have also provided a creative venue for our students’ artistic abilities through their holiday card contest. Our students have submitted their designs to Investor Solutions, and the most creative card will be distributed to Investor Solutions clients—promoting SEED Miami and our talented young artist throughout the community.