The Miami-Dade Coalition for Community Education (MDCCE) seeks to strengthen the sense of community by encouraging support of community education. In keeping with our mission, the Coalition offers distinct funding opportunities and awards to benefit individual participants of community schools and lifelong learning.
Community School Art Painting Contest
Community Schools are schools that go beyond the traditional school day operations by providing academic, recreational and extracurricular activities for people of all ages. The Miami Dade Coalition for Community Education (MDCCE) is sponsoring a painting contest whereby students would submit a painting depicting a Community School and/or Community Education activities. The painting should be no bigger than 8 ½ by 10 and should be in full color. The winner will receive a prize of $200 and the winning painting will be used on all awards presented at our Annual School House Awards Banquet. The winner and one guest will be invited to attend this annual event.
Passion in the Arts Award
This award will be presented to a student of an Elementary or Middle Community School who writes an essay describing their passion for the arts and how this passion helped him/her overcome an obstacle in his/her life. The winning entry will receive a prize of $200, which must be used to defray any costs associated with entering High School. The MDCCE will announce the date for entering the contest. The winner will be announced at the Coalition’s Annual School House Awards Banquet in May. The winner and one guest will be invited to attend this annual event.
Marge Pearlson Annual Scholarship
The MDCCE is proud to continue honoring Ms. Marge Pearlson with an annual scholarship in her name. In 1976, at the height of America’s Bicentennial Celebration, while attending the National Community Education Association convention, Ms. Pearlson proposed a “National Salute to Community Education” which focused on a symbolic “turning on the lights” in community schools throughout the nation in an effort to “enlighten” citizens and legislators about the meaning of Community Education and its future potential as America entered in its third century. This lead to the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, D.C. adopting the theme and holding a nation-wide “Lights on Afterschool” showcasing after school programs and Community Education.
This scholarship opportunity is directed towards graduating high school students from Miami-Dade Community Education Centers and/or Adult Education Centers who have overcome obstacles to achieve success in academics and personal goals. The candidate must submit a written 2-page essay explaining how Community Education has helped him/her to overcome obstacles related to their academic and social development. Funding in the amount of $500 will be awarded to the winner. The funds must be used for graduating fees or costs associated with college or post-secondary education. The MDCCE will announce the date for entering the contest. The winner will be announced in the Coalition’s Annual School House Awards Banquet. The winner and one guest will be invited to attend this event.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Ms. Jamilee Martinez, MDCCE Manager, at 305-261-8383 Ext. 2234, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org..