Helios Announces $1 Million Gift to Teach For America Miami

Posted on: February 18, 2011

With more than 200 Teach For America teachers, known as corps members, and guests in attendance, Teach For America's Miami-Dade region hosted its annual 100 Days Closer event recently where Helios Education Foundation President and CEO, Paul Luna, announced the Foundation's $1 million matching gift to the organization.

The evening also featured former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the keynote speaker.

The 100 Days Closer event commemorated Teach For America corps members' 100th day in their classrooms this school year. Those in attendance celebrated the impact corps members have had on their students thus far, as they continue their hard work in the classrooms to ensure that all kids in Miami-Dade have access to an excellent education.

"The event brought all of our teachers together to share their success stories after the first 100 days of the school year," said Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, executive director of Teach For America's Miami-Dade region. "Highlighting a magical night, we received a wonderful surprise from Helios Education Foundation when we learned that they would provide us a $1 million matching grant, which will help us recruit more teachers and continue our movement to end educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort."

Teach For America began placing corps members in Miami-Dade Public Schools in 2003 to help address disparities in educational outcomes between students in the county's low-income neighborhoods and their higher-income peers. In the 2010-2011 school year, nearly 150 Teach For America corps members will reach more than 10,000 students in approximately 20 schools throughout Miami-Dade County.

Seen in the photo from left to right are Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Teach For America Miami-Dade Executive Director; Paul Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation and Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation, Vice President / Arts and Miami Program Director.

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