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Culinary students from 25 high schools across Miami-Dade County prepared dishes for a table of judges and a few hundred guests to raise money and awareness for their schools’ culinary programs at The Education Fund’s A Taste of Education event.

The Education Fund ( kicks off 2017 with A Taste of Education, presented by Sapoznik Insurance, on Thursday, Feb. 9. It will be an evening dedicated to celebrating volunteers and the culinary dreams of high school students.

The Education Fund edible garden program seeks to get kids, teachers and cafeteria staff excited about growing their own food. The all-inclusive initiative takes it a step further by sending a team leader to work with teachers and kids throughout the year.

Corporate philanthropy has played a critical role in growing our edible garden initiative. Citibank US paved the way for the creation of food forests and so much more.

School lunch is about more than eating healthy in Miami-Dade; it’s about developing healthy habits that last a lifetime. That’s the message district officials want to send to students and parents in the country’s fourth-largest school district, which serves nearly 200,000 lunches a day.

Nearly 200 business people are stepping into the shoes of a teacher as part of The Education Fund's Teach-A-Thon sponsored by Wells Fargo and Verizon Foundation.

Health Foundation of South Florida has awarded a $50,000 grant to The Education Fund to expand its Cafeteria Connections program to 51 public elementary schools in Miami-Dade County, ensuring that fresh produce from each school garden will be used regularly to prepare student lunches.

The Education Fund, a nonprofit that funds programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, stepped in to convert its beloved container garden at the school into a food forest that will supply the cafeteria with fresh produce for meals, and students with harvest bags to take home to their families regularly. Scores of students joined The Education Fund garden staff, teachers and volunteers to lay the foundation for the garden and plant greens that will blossom during the hot summer months.

Three South Florida students shared their recipe for success in the kitchen as part of a cooking contest that highlighted the importance of healthy eating.

People are always on the phone, according to art teacher Michael Flaum, who recently created a piece of work depicting a scene in which different types of figurine people are glued on top of an old rotary telephone.

The work is part of the Art of Found Objects Exhibition, a showcase supported by The Education Fund that encourages students from all grades up to high school, and their teachers, to create art using repurposed materials.

The Education Fund gathered students, parents, and teachers, and volunteers from the Miami Dolphins and Fresh for Florida Kids at Royal Palm Elementary School on Feb. 19, 2016 to build a Citi Gardens food forest. The edible forest will serve as an outdoor learning lab for al subject areas, and will provide the cafeteria with produce and fresh vegetables for students to take home to their families regularly.

The Education Funds FAFSA marathons at area high schools to assist students and their families apply for financial aid for college.

Paving the way for instilling healthy eating habits in South Florida's youth is The Education Fund's Citi Gardens program, which kicked off in 2007. The mission? To provide learning opportunities and fresh produce to serve in elementary school cafeterias and share with students' families via gardens on campus tended to by teachers and students.

The Education Fund's Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials provides free supplies for Miami-Dade County Public Schools teachers.

Health Foundation of South Florida has awarded a $60,000 grant to The Education Fund to train school cafeteria managers to create healthy meals using produce from school gardens and for teachers to hold “Cafeteria Teach-Ins” demonstrating healthy table and eating practices.

Citi Gardens food forest kick off at Kelsey Pharr elementary

Students at ten other Miami-Dade elementary schools also will soon be eating kale, tomatoes and guava they grow themselves. In a couple of years, the banana and jackfruit trees will be ready too. The project is run by The Education Fund, a nonprofit which supports Miami-Dade schools.