United Teacher of Dade starts 2013-2014 school year with Back-to-School Megafest

During the 2013-14 school year, the United Teachers of Dade plans to re-define their commitment to the education of students and to strengthening relationships with local communities throughout Miami-Dade County. On August, 17, 2013, United Teachers of Dade is hosting a Back-To-School MegaFest inviting parents, teachers and students to come together right before the new school year starts. UTD will be partnering with many premier organizations within the community to provide children’s activities, informational tables, music, entertainment, food and prizes. Many special and surprise guests will be part of the afternoon’s festivities.

While most of the students and their teachers in Miami-Dade County have enjoyed a much-deserved summer break, UTD President Fedrick Ingram has been getting events ready for back-to-school with a goal to build a stronger connection within the community and to help reach out to its members during the summer. Shortly after Ingram took office in May 2013, he started with a countywide RESPECT tour visiting over 350 schools along with UTD First Vice President Thomas Gammon and UTD Secretary/ Treasurer Karla Hernandez-Mats. “Everything we do at UTD is for the students of Miami-Dade,” said President Ingram. “Our goal as education professionals is to help educate Miami, and part of this initiative includes building stronger ties within our local communities, networks and membership. UTD hopes to be able to provide this connection to the community throughout the school year.”

Fedrick Ingram has been recognized as the 2006 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and served as a band director at Miami Carol City Senior High School before serving as an officer of United Teachers of Dade. He is also a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High. “I am a true believer in what public education can do for our children,” said Ingram. “United Teachers of Dade is committed to working in our local communities with leaders, businesses, clergy, parents and anyone who is determined to build great schools. We look forward to MegaFest and many more future events that define what a true community partnership is all about.”

UTD represents over 32,000 school employees in Miami that work to educate over 370,000 students in more than 400 schools. UTD wants children, their parents, and teachers to feel good about their Miami-Dade public schools while reinforcing that education is the key to a brighter future. Miami-Dade County schools have won national recognition and awards, largely in part due to the hard work of the teachers and support personnel who work with students every day. The school system was recently awarded “The Broad Prize”, a top level honor for public education systems.

The United Teachers of Dade Back-to-School MegaFest is free for all and is open to the public August 17, 2013, at the U.S. Century Bank Arena at Florida International University from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Details about UTD’s Back-To- School MegaFest can be found online at www.UTD.org.

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