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BCPS Earns Global Education Excellence Award

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is being recognized for Global Education Excellence by EF High School Exchange Year.   Regional Coordinator Laura Barry recently presented the award to Superintendent of Schools Robert W. Runcie and Ralph Aiello, BCPS Coordinator of Guidance, BRACE & Academic Advisement for the Department of College and Career Readiness.
The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools and school districts that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness.
"Broward County has shown an outstanding commitment to offering a global education,” said Dan Sodervall, president of EF High School Exchange Year. “By welcoming exchange students into the classrooms, Broward County has created new and unique learning opportunities not just for the exchange students, but for the American students and faculty as well."
This year, BCPS welcomed three EF High School Exchange Year exchange students.  The students attended Taravella High School, South Plantation High School and Coral Glades High School.   The students became an integral part of the schools’ academic and extracurricular activities, involving the greater community in the exchange experience. 
“My experience at Taravella High has been amazing,” said EF student Paolo Bellentani.  “I was able to participate in many extracurricular activities I would not have done in Italy.”  
Regional Coordinator Laura Barry added, "We thank Broward County for welcoming this year's students from around the globe. The community and visiting students shared an unforgettable experience thanks to the generosity of school administrators, teachers, students and families. Our host families are amazing caring people and without them this would not be possible!”

To learn more about EF High School Exchange Year, contact Regional Coordinator Laura Barry at 808-551-5613 or visit www.efexchangeyear.org.


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