Back to School
Each year we organize a back to school event where we host students from Miami-Dade schools and provide them with new school uniforms, clothes, shoes, school supplies, prescription eyewear, accessories and more. We enable them with the tools they need to suceed in school so they can start their new school year feeling confident.
In partnership with Miami-Dade Public School's Project UPSTART, we put together a week-long prom closet where underprivileged high school students are able to browse a large selection of prom dresses, shoes, accessories and more to put together their perfect look for prom. Volunteer stylists are on site to help the students put together their outfits. Each year more than 150 students are served by this program.
Before heading back to school on August 22, more than 2,500 children and teens from ages six to 18 arrived at the park beaming with excitement for the two-day extravaganza.
Among these organizations were Voices For Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities In Schools of Miami, Lotus House and the Irie Foundation. The children were fully outfitted with uniforms, sneakers, backpacks, belts, bows, and accessories, along with school supplies, shampoo, and conditioner, after a warm greeting by M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Deputy Mayor Russell Benford. Following their styling, the children received mini-manicures and haircuts, and (oh, so adorably) flaunted their new looks down the Style Saves Back-to-School runway. Participating children were given free access to Jungle Island, where they enjoyed fun and educational discoveries, including the park’s animals, three engaging shows, multiple exhibits, and so much more.
We’d like to give a very special thanks to Isabela Rangel Grumman, MMG, Evian, Funkshion Productions, Gilt Groupe, Jordache, Jugofresh, Jungle Island, Pantene, Perry Ellis, Sugar Factory, U.S. Polo Assn, Vita Coco, Wrangler, and all of our fabulous and stylish volunteers. We cannot wait to do it all over again next year!