Burn Awareness Week Draws Students to Doral

Burn Awareness Week Draws Students to DoralSeveral hundred elementary school students from around Miami Dade County gathered in Doral at the Firefighters Memorial Building during Burn Awareness Week in February where they learned about fire safety techniques. Sparky the Dog was especially popular when he greeted the children as they arrived for a thoroughly entertaining and educational field trip.

Burn Awareness Week is celebrated from February 3-9, 2013 and one of the focus areas is preventing scald burn injuries and, in an effort to address that, there was also a demo kitchen. From the kitchen to a puppet show and smoked filled trailer used to let the children experience exiting a smoked filled home, this interactive program is one that the children will long remember and one that may even save lives.

For more information on burn prevention, visit www.safekids.org

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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