Elected officials give their support to Drew K-8

Miami Times Editorial Department | 9/12/2013, 10:25 a.m.
District Policy Director Marcus Dixon (l-r), Office of U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-24); Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2); Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson (D-3); Charles R. Drew K-8 Center Principal Tracie Lewis; State Representative Cynthia Stafford (D-109); and State Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39) all spoke open house to encourage the youth of Liberty City. Cedric McMinn

It was open house recently at the Charles R. Drew K-8 Center [1775 NW 60th Street], hosted by their new principal, Tracie Lewis, and The Miami Children’s Initiative [MCI]. MCI partnered with the school and other local organizations to help Lewis and her faculty and staff improve the academic performance of the students.

The open house opened with a free dinner for parents and students and a tour of the facility. Students were surprised with free books and other items needed for their first days of school. In addition, parents were informed about employment opportunities by Drew’s PTA and Catalyst.

A number of elected officials also attended, bearing gifts for the children and committing their support to Drew. Over 200 parents attended the Liberty City event and met with their children’s teachers to discuss academic goals for the new school year.