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Awards and Scholarships

The Miami-Dade Coalition for Community Education (MDCCE) seeks to strengthen the sense of community by encouraging support of community education. Community Schools are schools that go beyond the traditional school day operations by providing academic, recreational, and extracurricular activities for people of all ages. In keeping with our mission, the Coalition offers distinct funding opportunities and awards to benefit individual participants of community schools and lifelong learning..

Painting from the Heart-Art Show Contest

The Miami Dade Coalition for Community Education (MDCCE) sponsors a painting contest whereby students submit artwork on paper or canvas. This Art Show will provide students from Miami Dade County Public Schools an opportunity to showcase their unique artistic abilities by submitting a drawing or painting of their choice at our exhibit. Artwork on paper or canvas is limited to (18”X24”) unmated. Artwork must be completed within this current school year. Artwork must be completed dry/cured. Chalk and pastel submission must be sprayed with fixative. Paintings will be accepted in watercolor, pastels, oils & stencils. The top winners from our Art Show will receive an artistic basket worth over $150 in prizes.

Parade of Stars-Talent Show

The Talent Show will provide all students in Miami Dade County Community Schools, Before/After School Programs & Magnet Schools the opportunity to showcase their individual talents in front of their parents, teachers, friends, and the community. Four (4) Awards will be given at the end of the showcase to the most outstanding performance for: Best Vocal Performance, Best Dance Performance, Best Cheerleading Performance, and Best Instrumental Performance.

Marge Pearlson Annual Scholarship Award

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 led 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.

To be eligible for the Marge Pearlson Annual Scholarship Award, you must be a graduating high school student from any of the following Miami-Dade County Public schools: Traditional High School, Community Education Center, Adult Community Education Center or Adult Technical College who has overcome obstacles to achieve success in academics and in their personal goals. The candidate must submit a 2-page essay (typed) describing how Community Education has helped him/her overcome obstacles related to their academic and social development. The winner will receive an award of $500. The funds must be used for graduation 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 at the Coalition’s Annual School House Awards Breakfast. The winner and one guest will be invited to attend this event, free of charge.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Ms. Jamilee Martinez, MDCCE Manager, at 305-261-8383 Ext. 2227, or by email at  jamimartinez@dadeschools.net.



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