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BCPS Debate Students to Showcase their Skills at the Annual Debate Initiative Fundraiser Luncheon

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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Broward County School Board Members; Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; BCPS Debate Students, Teachers and Staff; Elected Officials; Broward College President and Representatives; Local Law Firms; Business Partner Representatives; and Community Members
The third annual BCPS Debate Initiative Luncheon and Student Exhibition showcases students’ talents, with debate performances by students from Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Flanagan High School, Walker Elementary School, Western High School and Pompano Youth Treatment Center.  Local businesses and attendees also learn how they can support the initiative. Funds raised by the luncheon are used to offset debate costs, such as for transportation to and from debate tournaments, supplies, competition entry fees, and out-of-county field trips.  
Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
In the 2017/18 school year, approximately 12,000 students are benefiting from debate, with programs offered at every high school and middle school, and expanding among elementary schools and centers. Speech and debate students learn research, logic, organization of ideas, and language skills. Debate also helps students build their self-esteem and become engaged in world events. 

While the luncheon serves as a major fundraiser for the Debate Initiative, opportunities exist throughout the school year to donate funding or professional attire, which is provided to students to wear at competitions. 
The Debate Initiative’s Host Committee includes Broward County School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson; Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gunster Law Firm and former U.S. Senator George S. LeMieux; Past President of the Florida Bar Association Eugene Pettis; and Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz.

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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.