Rick Case program provides bicycles to children from Boys and Girls Club in Broward County
More than a dozen children from the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County lined up at Rick Case Hyundai in Davie on Thursday to see their brand-new bicycles, thanks to generous donations from the South Florida community.
Fins, Miami-Dade County Parks join together for Junior Dolphins Virtual Football Camp Library
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces are joining together to partner for the Junior Dolphins Virtual Football Camp Library for kids. Many children have been unable to compete in tackle and flag football leagues this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this virtual camp allows them to engage in a unique experience by playing and learning about football from the safety of their own homes. “Miami-Dade County Parks is thrilled to team up with our longstanding partner the Miami Dolphins to expand our virtual camp program offerings with exceptional football content,” Miami-Dade Parks Director Maria I. Nardi said in a statement. “Our virtual camps are taught by Dolphins alumni and provide participants with an opportunity to improve their football skills and learn the game in a new way.”To sign up for the virtual camp, visit juniordolphinsfootball.com/virtual/. Click here to learn about other virtual camp opportunities for children that are being offered by Miami-Dade County Parks.
Martial arts academy defrauded The Children’s Trust of nearly $300K, prosecutors say
MIAMI – The now-closed United Martial Arts Academy in Homestead defrauded a local government program to help children in need of about $300,000 between 2015 and 2017, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Investigators believe the academy, co-owned by Enrique Regalado and Kelly Mendoza, was defrauding The Children’s Trust, which has been funded by taxpayers in Miami-Dade County since 2002. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released a statement saying The Children’s Trust reported the case to investigators and prosecutors. “The alleged theft of Children’s Trust funds hurts those kids who need help the most,” Fernandez Rundle said. The Children’s Trust reported the 2020-21 general fund budget allocated $157.5 million to contracted programs in Miami-Dade County.
This Week in South Florida: Robert Runcie
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – School children in South Florida haven’t been in their classrooms since March. Now there is a concentrated effort to get them back into school, even if their parents don’t agree. It’s a big, complicated puzzle that school board members, teachers and parents have been trying to solve for months. Leading the effort in Broward County is Superintendent Robert Runcie. He joined This Week in South Florida host Michael Putney to chat about the ongoing situation.
All your favorite children’s books, reimagined for the age of COVID
A mother of two mindlessly picked up a paintbrush in late March, and started painting the cover of one of the books she had read to her children earlier in the day -- and said she incorporated some “cartoonified” coronavirus themes, to try to make the situation less scary.
Florida day care writes on child’s tummy to remind mother to bring diapers
SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. – A Florida mother was shocked to find her young son’s day care had written on his stomach in black ink to remind her to bring more diapers. Heather Chisum posted photos of her son Milo to Facebook after she found the Sanibel Island day care’s message on the boy’s tummy. Chisum, a single mother, said the day care usually puts a daily report in her children’s lunch boxes, detailing her son or daughter’s behavior and whether they need additional wipes or diapers. But while changing Milo’s diaper after bringing him home Monday, Chisum noticed the message written in magic marker. In her post, Chisum asked whether she was over-exaggerating in her anger, but nearly everyone who commented backed her up wholeheartedly.