Miami-Dade students use art and words for homeless advocacy and won great prizes
Today the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust celebrates seven 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". The contest also partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Project UP-START Homeless Education Program.
The winning artwork will be placed in Chapman Partnership.
The student poster contest winners for middle school are:
- Kasandra Suarez, 8th grader at Ruben Dario Middle School
- Bryan Diaz, 7th grader at Ruben Dario Middle School
- Annabella Zaveras, 7th grader at Lawton Chiles Middle School (Honorable Mention)
The student poster contest winner for elementary is:
- Joshua Paz, 5th grader at Coral Reef Elementary
The student essay contest winners are:
- Myles Torayno, 12th grader at Miami Beach Senior High School: Students Who Have Never Been Homeless Category
- Greter Camacho, 11th grader at Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts: Students Who Have Never Been Homeless Category
- Nicholas Cata, 11th grader at Miami Beach Senior High School: Students Who Have Experienced Homelessness Category
All student winners and their teachers/homeless liaison will each receive a $50-125 Visa gift card (one per student) and a $50-$100 Visa gift card (one per teacher/homeless liaison).
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 Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.