Hope grows out of Charles R. Drew Middle

Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall | 8/7/2014, 9 a.m.
Located in the heart of Liberty City, Charles R. Drew Middle School has been a pillar in the community since ...

Located in the heart of Liberty City, Charles R. Drew Middle School has been a pillar in the community since 1969. For over 40 years, this educational institution has produced some of the most effective educational curriculums that have molded some of the brightest minds known, both at the local and national level. These role models have spearheaded major developments that have provided valuable stepping stones for others to follow into positions of leadership.

After decades of servicing our children and community, we have a very unique opportunity to continue the auspicious tradition at Charles R. Drew Middle by utilizing the space to take our community outreach efforts to a higher level of engagement.  At this juncture, our efforts are focused on developing ways to embrace those programs that foster employment development that encompass the passion of the entrepreneurial spirit, as well as opportunities to increase health and wellness awareness, continuing education courses and parental involvement. In addition, we are in the process of identifying those social organizations that have a viable plan of sustainability that will be best suited for the community. This strategic approach will allow us to embrace the evolving fabric of our diverse community by exposing residents to the resources at our disposal.

Through this initiative, Charles R. Drew Middle will become a venue for cross-agency collaborations that will identify and create solutions to the barriers facing our students and their families. In addition to promoting cross-agency collaboration, the site will offer meeting space for both district and external partners that provide services to students and parents in the community. In short, Miami-Dade County Public Schools is looking at the feasibility of using Charles R. Drew Middle as a hub for its “Community Connections” Initiative.

As your District School Board Member, it is my sincere commitment to provide the surrounding residents with the tools and exposure that will enable participants to take full advantage of the forthcoming resource opportunities. This initiative will give us the capability to efficiently thrive in a very competitive society. More importantly, this opportunity will allow Charles R. Drew Middle to continue its integral role in creating an accomplished and credible legacy for generations to come.

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall is a District 2 School Board Member of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.