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Mayor Muoio Celebrates Kindness Culture at Oxbridge Academy

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April 25, 2017
Mayor Muoio Celebrates Kindness Culture at Oxbridge Academy
School-wide Event Recognizes Students’ Commitment to Giving Back
 
(West Palm Beach, FL) – West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio joined Oxbridge Academy students in signing a Kindness Pledge, echoing the mayor’s declaration of West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, as part of a school-wide assembly that recognized the students’ involvement in giving back to the community.
 
The event announced the establishment of a new Habitat for Humanity campus chapter at the school and a new partnership with Palm Beach Harvest to prevent food waste at the school by coordinating donation of excess food from the school dining hall. Other non-profit organizations that were present to lend their support and thanks for the continued partnership with Oxbridge students and faculty include The Lewis Center, The Lord’s Place, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Shoes2You, a non-profit started by Oxbridge sophomore Joseph Rubsamen, was also recognized for its work in donating gently used shoes to those in need locally and internationally, thanks to help from the Oxbridge community.
 
Finally, members from the Oxbridge baseball team presented Palm Beach Lakes Baseball Team Coach Powell with the surprise announcement of a “Give Back” night at Duffy’s Sports Grill scheduled for May 10th at the Village Commons location in West Palm Beach, where a portion of the proceeds will go to help the team purchase uniforms, equipment and cover umpire fees to keep their season from stopping short. This is part of an ongoing fundraising initiative started by Oxbridge Varsity baseball pitcher Juan Salinas-Bentley through a program called GAME (Giving Athletes More-of-an Edge) that he started in 2013 to help other baseball teams in need. The Oxbridge Baseball team has already donated $3,200 to the Palm Beach Lakes Community High School team.
 
“Our founding mission in 2011 was to bring together a diverse student body with a passion for helping others. Daily, we instill in our students the importance of improving the lives of others in our community,” said John Klemme, Head of School at Oxbridge. “We have a focus on fostering kindness and compassion on our campus and beyond.”
 
“This is the very type of thing I had hoped would happen when I signed the Kindness Pledge for the City of West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Muoio. “I want to inspire everyone in our city to take action to create a kinder, more gracious city and world for all.  And all of you inspire me. “
 
About Oxbridge Academy
Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory high school, serving grades 9-12. Founded in 2011 by energy magnate and philanthropist William I. Koch, Oxbridge’s mission is to provide a challenging, dynamic education in and beyond the classroom that prepares students for a lifetime of success. At Oxbridge, students learn through engagement in academic and community-based projects that speak to their talents and interests, and spark their curiosity and passion. The 56-acre campus features state-of-the-art classrooms and academic and athletic amenities equipped with advanced technologies. Oxbridge Academy is located at 3151 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL  33409. For more information, visit www.oapb.org or call 561-972-9600.
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Sarah Cooke, PR
(561) 972-9600

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