MCS Inspires Charitable Service As Fall Activity Ramps Up

MCS Seniors enjoy Senior Breakfast at the Rusty Pelican.

MCS Seniors enjoy Senior Breakfast at the Rusty Pelican.

Students at Miami Christian School are committed to community service, not because it is mandatory but because it is part of their DNA. Recently, several individuals from the Miami Christian School family participated in the Miami Children’s Hospital 5 K Run benefitting the Hospital’s Foundation. One of the teams was comprised of students, staff and parents, including the Cross Country Coach, Vicky Vila, and another team was comprised of MCS graduates who are still giving back to their community while engaged in college studies and career endeavors. This promises to be just one of many walks and special events in which MCS students will be participating this year to support charitable programs.

Speaking of community service, Miami Christian’s Associate Head, Teri Logan, was just elected to a third term as the Vice President of the Florida Association of Academic Non-Public Schools (FAANS) for the 2013-2015 term of office. The Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS) is an umbrella agency with 23 Member Organizations, including 13 Accrediting Associations, representing over 1,300 nonpublic schools and their more than 300,000 students throughout the State of Florida. Its membership represents all of the major nonpublic school faith-based and nonsectarian Associations in Florida and thus encompasses the majority of the nonpublic schools within Florida’s 67 counties. FAANS serves as a vital link between nonpublic schools and the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Education. Miami Christian School congratulates Dr. Logan on this election and is honored to have her represent MCS as an officer in that prestigious organization.

The MCS Class of 2014 kicked off the school year with a Senior Breakfast at the Rusty Pelican. This was the first of many such planned activities for the seniors that will culminate with the Senior Supper and graduation. Among the many seniors gaining accolades this year is Elisha Cordeau, whose poem “War is Hell,” was officially registered in The America Library of Poetry 2013 Student Poetry Contest. The Library has invited him to have his poem published in a new book entitled “Discovered,” a compilation of select student poetry. Fewer than 20% of the authors across the US who submitted were invited to have their work published. In addition, Melisa Gonzalez wrote an essay for the Jiffy Lube, “What Drives You?” competition and received an Honorable Mention for her work.

In other academic news, the Scholars Students have been busy working on their projects while the students in the Robotics Engineering program have been building robots and competing in inter-class competitions in preparation for the end of the year Robotics Fair.

On the sports front, Cross Country boys and girls teams have finished in top 5 out of 40 in their initial meets. Girls volleyball is also in season and the MCS is doing well recently winning over Calusa, Somerset and Brito.

Finally, plans are underway for a huge Community Garage Sale/Fall Festival Event to be held on November 9, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m., on the campus at 200 NW 109 Avenue. This event promises lots of fun, food, games, and bargains for all ages. Vendors looking to participate are asked to reserve space with Woody Gentry at 305.221.7754 x741.

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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

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