Ruben Dario Middle School sweeps the Homeless Trust's annual poster and essay contest with two first place prizes
Today the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust celebrates five Miami-Dade County Public School students who submitted winning artwork and essays as part of the Trust’s annual “Homeless Awareness and Sensitivity Poster and Essay Contest”. This year's contest, a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Project UP-START Homeless Education Program, resulted in the submission of approximately 200 entries from more than 23 different elementary, middle and high schools throughout Miami-Dade.
“The contest is designed to engage students and teachers on ways to address homelessness and avoid serious consequences related to bullying the homeless,” said chair, Ronald L. Book. “It was clear from this year’s entries that students are really contemplating how to provide the right kind of help. We saw themes around providing homeless with proper services and treating them with respect. Programs like this contest continue to reinforce positive ways the community can help The Homeless Trust make a difference.”
In 2017, contest organizers added a new essay category for students who have been homeless, or are currently experiencing homelessness. It was also the first year the judges decided to award one school dual first place prizes -- Ruben Dario Middle School swept the awards with two first place prizes and one Runner Up under the guidance of art teacher, Eliezer Castor. The winning artwork will be featured on the front and back cover of the new Homeless Awareness Curriculum created by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.
The student poster contest winners are:
- Jesus Bracamonte, 8th grader at Ruben Dario Middle School
- Gabriela Marcano, 8th grader at Ruben Dario Middle School
- Felix Fernandez, 4th grader at Coral Reef Elementary School Essay Contest
Judges did not award a winner in the high school category.
The student essay contest winners are:
- Jonatan Francois, 10th grader at Miami Norland Senior High School: Students Who Have Never Been Homeless Category
- A 10th grader, who prefers to remain anonymous, currently living at Chapman Partnership in downtown Miami, won the new essay category: Students Who Have Experienced Homelessness
Winning students and their supporting teachers and/or administrators at the winning schools will each receive an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet. Two Honorable Mentions and two Runner Ups were selected; those winners will each receive Target gift cards.
About the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust: Founded in 1993, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, please visit www.homelesstrust.org.