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The One Million Steps for Florida’s Kids Campaign Comes to Miami March 3 with Stop at MDC and Student Participation


Miami, February 24, 2010 - Like Miami Dade College (MDC), the Lawton Chiles Foundation is committed to the belief that Florida cannot succeed if it fails its children. 

That’s why the Foundation established the Worst to First campaign to build a statewide movement of people committed to improving the investments in children, in honor of the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. 

In September of 2009, it also launched One Million Steps for Florida’s Kids to build awareness and involvement in making Florida a better place for kids and families. On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, the campaigns intersect in Miami with a key breakfast meeting at the United Way of Miami-Dade and a march that will end later in the day at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. 

The breakfast meeting with key stakeholders, which MDC Wolfson Campus president, Dr. Mercedes Quiroga, will attend, will take place at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, 3250 SW Third Avenue, Miami, Florida, at 9:00 a.m

After the meeting, community leaders and students will join Governor Chile’s son, Bud Chiles, and walk to raise awareness as the 2010 state legislative session begins in Tallahassee.

They will arrive at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami around 12:30 p.m. where they will be joined by dozens of MDC Wolfson Campus students.

The march will then proceed to the Wolfson Campus four blocks away located at 300 NE Second Avenue. At 1 p.m., in the campus’ Room 2106, a networking event for participants will take place. 

In August 2009, several dozen MDC students from across the college attended the inaugural class of the Campaign in Orlando at the University of Central Florida sponsored by the Lawton Chiles Foundation. 

Invigorated not only by the range of speakers presenting, MDC students were motivated by the mission behind “Worst to First.” That’s why they are energized about the upcoming event that will culminate at the Wolfson Campus. 

Of note is that Governor Chiles was known for his famous “walk” campaigns. Also noteworthy is that civic engagement is a cornerstone at MDC.

In fact, the college’s Center for Community Involvement, based at the Wolfson Campus, is considered a national model of excellence and widely recognized for its programs.

Last fall, the Center received a major award from Florida Campus Compact and recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama who was the keynote speaker at the event, which took place at the college’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.

The Center has also been regularly recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service award for getting students engaged in the community. 

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Media-only contacts:
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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