At Gulliver's core is a commitment to developing global citizens who are socially responsible, inspired and engaged. In the early months of 2017, students, faculty and staff have given back locally, acting on Gulliver's mission to live with integrity and responsibility, and make positive contributions to the community.
Spring break beach clean-up
A group of teachers spent their first Gulliver spring break moving 522 pounds of trash off Biscayne National Park. Staff members Valeria Rodriguez, Liliana Jaramillo, Fernande Russell, and others not only made the park a cleaner place, but plan to incorporate awareness of pollution into their classrooms.
Make a Splash proceeds check presented to The Woody Foundation
The 7th Annual Make a Splash Swim-A-Mile event was held at the Prep Aquatic Center on September 24, 2016. This student-driven fundraiser, which challenged swimmers to secure support for completing 72 laps, raised over $30,000. Top fundraisers, Hayaat, Awwal and Kamal Kay-Ramos, all representing the Class of 2021, presented a check for a portion of the event proceeds to The Woody Foundation's Woody Beckham '07 on January 18, 2017. The Woody Foundation raises funds for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries.
Catching up with Kelly Ann Cosentino '19
The Gulliver community is no stranger to the story of Prep student Kelly Ann Cosentino '19, founder of babyheatstroke.org -- an initiative she started with her own funding to educate people on the dangers of baby heatstroke. Kelly Ann continues to make an impact with her organization as she was recently invited to the Okeechobee Family Health & Safety Expo for the second-consecutive year. She not only was able to promote awareness with her BabyHeatstroke.org display, but was also invited to sing the National Anthem at the event, which occurred on January 28.
Donation boxes put cold-weather essentials in the hands of the homeless
Cold weather allows us to sport our favorite jacket and boots but for the homeless community, enduring the cold with a dirty, ripped t-shirt and shorts is the only option. This winter season, Gulliver is giving back to those in need by placing cold weather essentials in the hands of the homeless. Parent Maristella Trius brought the idea of a "cold donation box" to Gulliver, placing boxes at both the Academy and Montgomery Drive campuses. Collection items were then distributed to the homeless in Downtown Miami. Trius, along with her 7th and 8th grade children, became inspired to help the less fortunate after volunteering with a local church. Together they prepare meals weekly for hungry men and women in Downtown Miami.
Visual arts program donates Art Walk umbrellas
If you attended Gulliver Prep's biennial Art Walk event in December 2016, you more than likely walked into the Atrium and stumbled upon a collection of beautiful umbrellas decorated by students. Following the event, art teachers Maribel Toledo and Mary Munn were able to identify umbrellas that were functioning properly and then deliver them to Chapman Partnership in Homestead. The organization is known for its record of helping homeless men, women and children.
Baby Bulls make a difference at Holmes Elementary
Gulliver students who take part in the Baby Bulls Academy service learning program devote two Saturday mornings each month to teach under-served children reading comprehension through buddy mentoring. The program serves in a Teach for America sponsored school, Holmes Elementary, located in the inner city of Miami. Gulliver Prep students have teamed up with Northwestern High School students to make a difference, and with their help, Holmes Elementary has improved from an "F school" to "C school." Gulliver averages between 40 and 80 students each Saturday session.