​Gulliver Gives - January 2018

Gulliver Gives - January 2018

By Communications Specialists Maegan Azpiazu and Stephanie Sanchez

Gulliver is committed to developing global citizens who are socially responsible, inspired & engaged. The fruits of this work can be seen in all the ways the Gulliver community gave back to the South Florida community this holiday season, acting on the school's mission to live with integrity and responsibility, and make positive contributions to the community. December's holiday events and philanthropic initiatives included:

Love on the Streets

A pair of Miller Drive Campus students, Jorge Arana-Molina '18 and Santiago Leon Rodriguez '19, co-founded Love on the Streets, which assists with feeding the homeless. The duo started the organization in March 2016 with the mission to provide food to food banks that help the homeless. The initiative has since expanded thanks to partnerships with the Archdiocese of Miami and the City of Miami Police Department. Love on the Streets' recent outreach events have included a holiday toy drive for Holtz Children's Hospital and "turkey-not-ticket" traffic stops, during which policemen and women conducted routine traffic stops, but, instead of giving out tickets, they gave out turkeys. If you are interested in getting involved, visit the organization's official Instagram account at LoveOnTheStreetsMiami.

Adopt-A-Family

Grade four students, the Prep baseball team and the Sundancers adopted seven needy families for the holidays. The students collaborated with the goal of making the holidays joyous for those less fortunate. Together, they collected and wrapped toys for the children. The families also received gift cards to Publix to be able to afford the staples of a holiday meal. Members of the Prep baseball team teamed up with officers from neighboring police departments to deliver the items. To view photos, click here.

Alpha Club to Miami Rescue Mission

The grade five and six Alpha Club, a group dedicated to community service, visited the Miami Rescue Mission on December 15. Boys and girls toured the center, whose purpose is to assist homeless men, women and children by providing shelter, meals and life-changing employment programs. Alpha Club members presented the Miami Rescue Mission with gift cards to support the families in its programs.

Knocking the Socks Off Pediatric Cancer

This December, Gulliver teamed up with Live Like Bella and Are You Kidding Socks to fight pediatric cancer. The effort was spearheaded by Christy Acosta '90, Miller Drive social sciences faculty member; Danielle Bowen '94 P '21 '23, director of student activities; Adam Schachner, Prep English faculty member and Director of Community Outreach and Engagement; and Carla Duval, Academy performing arts faculty member. Middle and upper school students sold "official" Live Like Bella socks for 20 days beginning on December 1, with proceeds supporting Live Like Bella. Community members who purchased socks were then invited to a Sock Hop Dance on December 20, where they celebrated funds raised through sock sales to benefit Live Like Bella, an organization that supports the fight against childhood cancer through research, treatment support and memorial support. The Sock Hop Dance, held in the Prep Gym during lunch and community block periods, featured a DJ, photo booth, games and more, with admittance only to those wearing the socks! In total, Gulliver raised over $5,500 for Live Like Bella.

Students were the driving force of this effort as Juan Jaramillo '19 sold 100 pairs of socks on his own, while the following students also played a huge role in the success of this initiative: Clara Lentino '19, Camilla Todeschini Rodriguez '18, Grecia Perez '19, Ximena Mota Otero '18, Victoria Romero '18, Jacob Marcos '18, Alyssa Jensen '21, Cici Castillo '18, Davonte Montgomery '18, Ignacio Izquierdo '19 and Alvaro Gonzalez '19. To learn more about Live Like Bella and its community partner, Are You Kidding Socks, watch this video.

Giving G.O.A.L.S.

On December 16, the G.O.A.L.S. (Get Out And Love Soccer) Club held its first event of the academic year at Sean Taylor Memorial Field on the Prep Campus. G.O.A.L.S is a student-driven community service club. Its mission is to provide children who are on the autism spectrum or affected by other related disabilities with opportunities to enjoy exercise through soccer – under the guidance of high school students and faculty. Members of the swimming, soccer, baseball and lacrosse teams took part in the Saturday event, as children and their families enjoyed music, games and an obstacle course. In addition to the club's weekend activity, G.O.A.L.S. held a holiday toy drive benefiting Holtz Children's Hospital. The club collected toys for pediatric oncology and hematology patients and delivered them on December 22, just in time for Christmas. If you are interested in getting involved with G.O.A.L.S. initiatives, contact Prep physical education faculty member Yary Roman at romy@gulliverschools.org.

May the Spirit of Giving be With You

On December 1, the Raider Squadron, a new Star Wars Club at the Prep Campus, hosted a Star Wars-themed game night. All funds raised will help Gulliver students make authentic-looking Star Wars costumes, which they will wear to visit children in the hospital. The evening, which raised $200, included a showing of The Force Awakens movie, along with Star Wars trivia, video and board games. Led by Prep social sciences faculty member Thom Timko, Raider Squadron's mission is to bring people together and make them feel better through Star Wars community gathering themes and films. To get involved, contact Mr. Timko at timt@gulliverschools.org.