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ASPIRA Charter South Receives Red Ribbon Certification!


ASPIRA's South Leadership Charter School is now a Red Ribbon certified school from 2011-2014!

The Red Ribbon program is the largest universal prevention campaign in the nation.

RedRibbonCertifiedSchoool-WebHLAccording to their website, "the Red Ribbon Certified Schools (RRCS) program, led by Informed Families, the National Family Partnership and Florida State University's Center for Prevention Research, has been federally-funded and designed to assess and then celebrate effective efforts in the prevention of substance abuse among youth."

"It highlights the efforts of schools who work in collaboration with youth, parents, educators and the community as a team. Red Ribbon Certified Schools is about achieving academic excellence through prevention. It promotes team building to get parents, educators and students to work together towards creating a drug-free America."

This achievement goes to further exemplify what our organization is all about!

ASPIRA South Awarded "Gardening For Grades" School Mini-Grant

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We are excited to announce that ASPIRA South has been awarded a "Gardening For Grades" School Mini-Grant to be used by the Gardening and Landscape Club to design, create, and maintain an edible fruit and vegetable garden on campus at the school site.

Awarded by the Florida Department of Agriculture, the "Gardening For Grades" school grant is designed to place emphasis on the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science and focus on fruits and vegetables produced by Florida's agricultural community.

aspirasouth_gardeningstudentStudents of the Gardening and Landscape Club will investigate a variety of farming techniques with a wide array of food crops.

Science classes at ASPIRA South will also participate by conducting scientific, inquiry based lessons on the effects of a wide variety of variables on plant growth, fruit and vegetable production and taste with the intent of using the information for submission to the ASPIRA South Science Fair and the Dade County Youth Fair.

ST. JUDE FUNDRAISER

Jun11-Pic9The Math Department and students at ASPIRA South Charter School once again worked together to raise over $1000.00 to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through bake sales and other homeroom activities.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.

The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.6 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions like the one made by our students.

GARDEN CLUB TAKES ON PROJECTS

ASPIRA South Charter School Garden Club is proud to share its accomplishments with the community.

Jun11-Pic3The first project of the Garden Club was a butterfly garden complete with propagated milkweed to feed the caterpillars and colorful Penta flowers to attract the butterflies. As the local nestling mocking birds were hatching simultaneously with the caterpillar arrival, the Garden Club made the decision to construct artificial habitats to protect the caterpillars during the metamorphosis process and to prevent any further casualties. We were excited to release our first Monarch butterfly into the wild, raised by Garden Club member Leonardo Montas. We have nine more pupas in chrysalis which will be released as metamorphosis completes.

The second project the ASPIRA South Garden Club would like to share is the design and installation of the ASPIRA South "Welcome Garden" placed at the entry gate of the visitor parking lot. The "Welcome Garden" Jun11-Pic4was designed to not only beautify and add a welcoming green space to the school with richly colored pink and red flowers and green Litrope, but also functions as an additional habitat for the Monarch butterflies offering nectar to feed from and milkweed for the caterpillars.

The last project the Garden Club will attempt for the 2011 school year is to construct an Orchid and Bromeliad habitat, using the various Oak trees around the ASPIRA South campus and donated plants from various nurseries in the area.

Aspirante Does The Right Thing

germaine picGermaine Knowles came to ASPIRA South Charter School three years ago as a sixth grader and will be graduating to high school this year having becoming a true Aspirante.

During his reading class last week, Germaine found a wad of money on the floor. No one noticed that he picked it up, and it would have been very easy for him to put the money in his pocket. Instead, Germaine brought the money to his teacher, Ms. Ricardo, and told her how he had found it. By asking the class if anyone had lost money and in what amount, the sixth grade student who had dropped the money was identified and the money returned.

We are very proud of Germaine and his intrinsically motivated actions. He has become a great leader, who with this type of mind set, will go on to do great things, never forgetting what ASPIRA has taught him.