An evaluation of a Washington, DC Power Lunch program conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research showed that 25% of poor readers who participated in the program improved their academic performance and 16% improved or very much improved their classroom behaviors. To launch the Power Lunch program at a new school, Everybody Wins! must first be able to fund and place its own school coordinator at the program site. School coordinators organize the reading mentors, match them with students, set up the reading space, and serve as a liaison among the school, organization, and volunteers.
Thrown by Florida Rock Stars, the South Dade Food & Country Festival brings national and local acts together for an afternoon and evening of country music. The event helps raise funds and awareness for Thinking of You Services, a local veterans support organization. As the community rallies around them, all visiting veterans will receive a certificate of recognition with special commendations from the mayors of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.
Before the landmark age of 5, children's teensy brains soak up knowledge at a rate unmatched during any other period of development. Starting Ahead Academy takes full advantage of these crucial years, packing preschoolers' heads with knowledge according to the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) and HighScope curriculums. OWL springs from the philosophy that the entirety of a child's day impacts his or her learning. So each component of the day—that is, the environment and interactions—must be approached as a learning experience. The HighScope curriculum, on the other hand, focuses strictly on the rapport between children and adults, coupled with a learning process of planning, doing, and then reviewing.
Champions entices flocks of fans with a crowd-pleasing menu of flavorsome bar eats and more than 25 different beers. Warm up taste buds with fully loaded cheese fries smothered in bacon, green onions, and sour cream ($9) or frolic through a garden of greens, blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and buffalo-chicken tenders with a buffalo-chicken salad ($12). Hearty handhelds such as the philly cheesesteak ($11), turkey reuben ($11), or chicken BLT ($11) fuel the arm muscles necessary for cheering a favorite Miami sports team onto victory.
At the Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, vendors and chocolate lovers alike descend upon South Florida during a weekend-long celebration of life's sweeter side. An estimated 15,000 foodies visit the event over two days, witnessing and tasting the creations of some of the region's and the world's most distinguished chefs.
Themed areas make navigating the event a cinch. In designated chocolate zones, gourmet retailers, bakers, and pastry chefs win the hearts of taste buds with their sweets, which range from handmade goods to organic and small-batch treats. For a more savory experience, restaurant row showcases the eats of more than 20 South Florida restaurants, while live demonstrations presented by the Miami Culinary Institute feature the creations of chocolatiers from around the country as well as the work of local chefs. Pairing seminars, meanwhile, discuss what edibles do and do not go well together, and live cooking demonstrations share tricks of the trade, such as how to turn a chef's hat into an oversized drinking goblet at any moment. Attendees can also enjoy an assortment of family-friendly entertainment, including a petting zoo, a water playground, and live music performances.
At Rocco’s Pizza Lounge, a team of pizza Picassos hand-toss dough prepared with imported Caputo flour before painting it with fresh sauce, covering it in a broadcast of cheese and toppings, and sliding it into a wood oven blazing at 900 degrees for crispy, cooked-in flavor. Patrons can dive right into pie heaven with more than 20 gourmet pizzas to choose from, including the tirolese, which finesses senses with fresh mozzarella, san marzano tomatoes, speck, and arugula ($15), or the pizza ala vodka’s vodka-infused pink sauce blanketed by mozzarella, shallots, mushrooms, and prosciutto ($15). Diners can also indulge in fare less easily applicable to mathematics, such as pappardelle tossed with Rocco’s homemade bolognese meat sauce ($15). Rocco’s also accommodates miniature appetites with more than 20 Italian-style tapas, such as the calamari fritti ($9) or uova in purgatorio, poached eggs prepared in a spicy tomato sauce and a course on Dante ($8).