Today, approximately 300 foreign-born ninth and 10th grade students from 23 Broward County Public Schools high schools are taking part in the first Rally to the Tally for New Floridians. This four-day field trip allows students to visit the state capital as well as visit the University of Central Florida, University of Florida and Florida State University, from May 26 – 29, 2015.
The “Rally to the Tally for New Floridians,” is organized in collaboration with the Close Up Foundation and funded by Title III, Part A, Enhanced Opportunities for Recently Arrived Immigrant Children and Youth Grant. Students will learn about state and federal government, tour the capitol, meet state agency officials and prepare a Youth Legislative Agenda to present their committee proposals at the capitol to members of the House and Senate. Activities will foster confidence for active citizenship and raise awareness of the American cultural values placed on education and community involvement.
Participating students represent countries in the Caribbean; Central, North and South Americas; and Europe. Their high schools include, Blanche Ely High School, Boyd Anderson High School, Coconut Creek High School, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs High School, Cypress Bay High School, Deerfield Beach High School, Everglades High School, Flanagan High School, Fort Lauderdale High School, Hallandale High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School, Miramar High School, Northeast High School, Piper High School, Plantation High School, South Broward High School, South Plantation High School, Stranahan High School, Taravella High School, Western High School and Whiddon Rogers Education Center.
Follow the journey on social media using #browardrallytothetally.
Pictured: Students from South Broward High participating in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians
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