‘Moonlight’ actors perform with classmates in end-of-year performance

The end-of-year play at Norland Middle School in Miami Gardens included special highlights this year: award-winning actors.

Jaden Piner and Alex Hibbart starred in “Moonlight,” the Miami-based film that won an Oscar for Best Picture. 

On Thursday, they had roles in a mashup of performances that included vignettes from “Hamilton” and “Hairspray.”

The seventh graders told Local 10 they were thrilled Norland is getting attention for being a special school for performing arts. 

The head of the drama program, Tanisha Cidel, said there is a lot of untapped talent in Miami-Dade County. She will be running a workshop over the summer for anyone interested in the performing arts. 

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Young at Art Museum runs Sunland Park Academy’s art programs

The walls at Sunland Park Academy in Fort Lauderdale are bursting with color. Thanks to the school’s art program the students’ paintings will remain on display until the end of the school year. 

Mindy Shrago, the founder of the Young at Art Museum, said she and her team started to work at the school five years ago. 

“We know how important it is to teach through the arts,” Shrago said. 

The museum based in Davie established the school’s art program and continues to run it with Penny Phillips, the school’s art teacher.  

“Art makes no mistakes. You can’t fix art,” Phillips said.  “They have a good time. It’s fun. They can laugh.”

Aside from the day-time art program, the museum also hosts a night-school program for children who are homeless.

 

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My Future My Choice: Big Book Drive delivers

The My Future My Choice Big Book Drive began with a bang at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood.

With the help of A1A Transportation, Local 10 News delivered more than 400 books to students at the school with Ram pride. Tracie Abner, the school’s principal, said her students love to read. 

“Our reading scores are up because our kids are absolutely fantastic,” Abner said. 

Local 10 News also delivered some 500 books to the students at Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River Elementary School. Kimula Oce, the school’s principal, said the visit was a good way for the children to end the school year.

“I read chapter books all the time,” Tavares Brown, a student, said. 

At Larkdale Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Local 10 News delivered about 500 more books. Carla Hart, the school’s principal, said a lot of her students don’t have books at home. 

“What a great way to put books in students hands,” Hart said. 

Walker Elementary School students in Fort Lauderdale welcomed the bus with a pep rally and a marching band. Local 10 News delivered about  700 books.

 Vera Motors in Pembroke Pines was the school bus’ last stop.  Louis Vera and his team at Vera Motors had about 130 books to donate.College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving team loaded the books up, so Local 10 News can continue to deliver them.

The Big Book Drive continues: For more information on how to donate, click on this link.

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My Future My Choice: Big Book Drive delivers

The My Future My Choice Big Book Drive began with a bang at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood.

With the help of A1A Transportation, Local 10 News delivered more than 400 books to students at the school with Ram pride. Tracie Abner, the school’s principal, said her students love to read. 

“Our reading scores are up because our kids are absolutely fantastic,” Abner said. 

Local 10 News also delivered some 500 books to the students at Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River Elementary School. Kimula Oce, the school’s principal, said the visit was a good way for the children to end the school year.

“I read chapter books all the time,” Tavares Brown, a student, said. 

At Larkdale Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Local 10 News delivered about 500 more books. Carla Hart, the school’s principal, said a lot of her students don’t have books at home. 

“What a great way to put books in students hands,” Hart said. 

Walker Elementary School students in Fort Lauderdale welcomed the bus with a pep rally and a marching band. Local 10 News delivered about  700 books.

 Vera Motors in Pembroke Pines was the school bus’ last stop.  Louis Vera and his team at Vera Motors had about 130 books to donate.College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving team loaded the books up, so Local 10 News can continue to deliver them.

The Big Book Drive continues: For more information on how to donate, click on this link.

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Follow Big Book Drive school bus on Friday

The Local 10 News’ Big Book Drive school bus made its first stop early Friday morning at the Miami-Dade County public library in downtown Miami.

Local 10 News Neki Mohan and Todd Tongen made three other stops in South Florida before ending their journey at Vera Motors on Friday afternoon.

STOP 2: Charles Drew K-8 Center

 

STOP 3: Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River K-8 Center

 

STOP 4: Larkdale Elementary School

 

STOP 5: Walker Elementary School

 

STOP 6: Broward County Main Library

 

STOP 7: Vera Motors 

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Urban League of Broward County helps local entrepreneur with umbrella company

A South Florida entrepreneur redesigned the umbrella to keep people from getting wet when the umbrella is folded up.

Keel Russell’s company is called Simply Umbree.

“We make umbrellas that are stylish, smart apparel that change colors when it gets wet,” Russell said.

One of the 31-year-old’s clients is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

As interesting as his umbrellas are, Russell’s story sells itself. His family struggled financially when he was younger, and after 12 years in the Army, he knew entrepreneurship was the best way to help his family.

“My first company was lingerie for curvaceous women. I wanted to bridge the gap the gap between Victoria’s Secret and Lane Bryant,” Russell said.

Russell didn’t quite have enough capital to launch that dream, so he ventured into the umbrella business, landing Walmart as a client during the 2015 Urban League National Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

“People love the excitement about it. It’s really unique. It’s different,” Russell said.

Russell needed money to make the umbrellas, which led him to Bryan Cunningham and the Urban League of Broward County, which granted him a $250,000 line of credit.

“Just his story and what he went through, and his deal with Walmart and his perseverance, it really won the committee,” Cunningham said.

Russell said words will never be able to express how grateful he is for the Urban League’s help.

“It’s organizations like this that open up doors to disenfranchised companies like myself,” Russell said.      

 

 

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