CLAS: Center for Latin American Studies

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UM's CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AND F.I.N. SEA PARTNER FOR OCEAN KIDS 2011

November 4, 2011

As part of its ongoing outreach efforts, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is partnering with the F.I.N. SEA Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting the wonders of the ocean with experiential learning adventures to foster passion, curiosity, and confidence in the hearts and minds of at-risk children. This year CLAS is excited to work with this organization on its annual Ocean Kids program, a project designed to inspire low-income elementary school students in Miami-Dade County. Other supporters include UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) and the Miami Seaquarium. The Ocean Kids program will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

Over 200 underserved students from five different elementary schools will be participating in this year's Ocean Kids program. The event will feature 15 education workstations with a focus on Latin American and Caribbean marine ecology, manned by UM undergraduate students. CLAS is proud to support the Ocean Kids mission to promote positive change through marine education and awareness of conservation issues. An emphasis on the environment and hands-on learning is a way to reach students who may not respond to traditional classroom techniques.

Under the banner "Turning the Tides for Change," Ocean Kids 2011 will feature remarks from UM President, Dr. Donna E. Shalala, RSMAS Dean, Dr. Roni Avissar, and founder of The Big Blue and You Foundation, Danni Washington, along with a guest appearance from UM's very own "Sebastian" the ibis.