- Faith & Family
Dozens of kids in Miami-Dade County public elementary schools garnered the rewards of reading with a free trip to a historical Black city and all-day fun at a Florida theme park thanks to a local foundation.
The Read to Lead scholarship program, led by Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro, executive director of the Dr. Robert B. Ingram Foundation, challenged third, fourth and fifth graders to read 10 books during a nine-week period. Thirty of those students were then selected to attend an all-inclusive two-day, one-night trip to St. Augustine and Islands of Adventure in Orlando on May 18th.
St. Augustine’s rich legacy
“We went to Lincolnville in St. Augustine and the kids had the opportunity to proudly display our unity,” he said. “It added a rich Black history component to the tour.” Lincolnville, established in 1866, was the first major Black subdivision in St. Augustine where former slaves once fought to protect the city from British invasion in 1738. Thanks to strong political action by the prominent residents, segregation laws were eliminated. In recent years, Lincolnville has become a major tourist attraction.
The students on the trip hailed from Dr. Robert B. Ingram, Shadowlawn, Brentwood, Bunche Park and Parkview elementary schools. The first day of the tour focused on academics and students kept journals of their learning experiences. Two years ago, students learned first-hand about the Rosewood massacre while visiting Levy County, Florida. That was followed by a trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa.
“The second half of the tour is all about having fun,” Ighodaro said.
The Robert B. Ingram Foundation, founded by the late Robert B. Ingram of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board was founded in 2001. To date the Read to Lead scholarship program has awarded more than scholarships to deserving students.
By Latoya Burgess