Five Students Win Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s 2014 Homeless Awareness and Sensitivity Poster and Essay Contest
More than two hundred entries from twenty different Miami-Dade County Public Schools reviewed
Five Miami-Dade County Public School students took home prizes for submitting winning artwork and essays as part of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s annual “Homeless Awareness and Sensitivity Poster and Essay Contest”. Winners were announced at the monthly Homeless Trust Board meeting on May 30, 2014. This year's contest, a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Project UP-START Homeless Education Program, resulted in the submission of more than 200 entries from more than 20 different elementary, middle and high schools. The contest is designed to combat bullying, teach students the best way to help the homeless and underscore the fact that homelessness has no age or borders.
“To read the essays written by formerly homeless students that tell about their own personal experiences and how they are overcoming tremendous obstacles was moving,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “The accounts from these students – children – and the artwork shared with us, illustrate that students truly understand the role they can play in helping and respecting the homeless. It’s not a job just for the professionals; there is something everyone can do.”
The student winners are:
- Essay Contest (for high school students only): Itara Moore, a 10th grader at Coral Reef Sr. High School
- High School Poster Contest: Kathleen Willis and Jose Broche, both tied for first place. The 9th grade students are from Miami's Design and Architecture School (D.A.S.H.)
- Middle School Poster Contest: Eliza Semple, a 7th grader from Highland Oaks Middle School
- Elementary School Poster Contest: Sarah Pareja, a 4th grader from Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center
Winning students receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and their supporting teachers and/or administrators at the winning schools receive a Kindle Fire. Honorable Mentions were selected and will 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, please visit www.homelesstrust.org.