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Broward County School leaders attend White House event and meet with Barack Obama


By David Volz

On Monday, July 21, 2014, leaders from the Broward County Public Schools  joined the Council of the Great City Schools and urban school districts from throughout the nation for a White House event with President Barack Obama.  The event included an announcement that 60 urban school districts, including Broward County Public Schools, are pledging to improve the academic and social outcomes of African American boys and young men.  Broward Schools executive director of Student Support Initiatives, Michaelle Pope, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the event, which took place at a Washington area school and included a Town Hall style discussion with President Obama.

With nearly 32 percent of the nation’s school-age African American males and 39 percent of the country’s school-age Hispanic males enrolled in big-city public schools, urban-school leaders agree that they have an obligation to teach all students to the highest academic standards and prepare them for today’s global society.

“The most important work we do as a society is raising our children and providing them with an opportunity to receive a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and careers,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “We are proud to be part of this national effort, as we continue to focus on improving educational outcomes and closing the achievement gap among our boys and young men of color.”

“Our job as urban educators is not to reflect or perpetuate the inequities that too many of our males of color face; our job is to eliminate those inequities  and that is what we pledge to do,” stressed Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We are pleased to join forces today with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and our other partners in an unprecedented shared commitment to improve the educational and social opportunities of our young men of color,” he added.


Derby Day Event at Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park


By David Volz

Many people are facing difficulties in life because of disabilities. And a growing number are working to overcome their disabilities by riding and working with horses. About 6,000 people with special needs are benefitting from the Hippotherapy program offered by Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center.  Hippotherapy uses horseback riding to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

“Hippotherapy works on motor skills, balance, strength, coordination and psychosocial skills,” said Kathleen Pegues, president of Bit-by-Bit. “We are working with disabled military veterans, disabled children and adults. Riding horses helps people with three dimensional movement and gait. This program helps people with disabilities.”

The City of Pompano Beach and the Bit-by-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center held the Fourth Annual Derby Day Fair & Horse Show at the Pompano Beach Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park. The event included hay rides, a bounce house, carnival games, pony rides and a barbecue. Also, there were some equestrian competitions. There was a fun and festive atmosphere.

Susan Gingerich of Pompano Beach Liberty Tax Service enjoyed the event. “We hire people with disabilities as wavers. Many of the people we have hired have gone on to become successful in other occupations.”

David McGirr brought his children, Riley and Piper. They both enjoyed pony rides. “This is a nice event for the community,” he said.