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Miami students tour historic St. Augustine and Orlando

caines | 5/30/2013, 5:30 a.m.

A bus full of 36 eager students from six local elementary schools got to experience Floridas history first hand during a two-day, one-night, all-expense paid educational excursion to historic St. Augustine and the Islands of Adventures in Orlando. The annual scholarship tour is part of the Read to Lead Program the brainchild of former Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Robert B. Ingram. Since its inception in 2001, the signature reading initiative has become a district rites of passage. So far, over 5,000 elementary boys and girls have received the annual scholarship award. Students were accompanied by adult supervisors including Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Read to Lead program coordinator and executive director of the Dr. Robert B. Ingram Foundation. Ighodaro is also a member of the Miami Garden city council. As a long time teacher, I know that experience is the best teacher, he said. There is no better way for a child to learn than to actually see where events occurred and where history was made. This is something that you just cannot get from reading about it in a book. Kids often want to know whats in it for them when they are learning in school and are given certain assignments. This trip is an incentive to those children whose reading has reached an stellar level of proficiency. Children on the trip are students from the following elementary schools: Ben Sheppard; Biscayne; Dr. Robert B. Ingram; Fulford; Lenora B. Smith; and Parkway. In order to qualify for the scholarship and trip, students had to read 10 books in the course of a nine-week grading period. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com