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Education was the opportunity for change that took Southwest resident, philanthropist and businessman Harris Rosen from a rough neighborhood in New York’s Upper East Side to the renowned hotel investor he is today. You can’t go very far in Central Florida without seeing his name attached to exclusive hotels, a medical center, a Jewish community center, and even a college building. Knowing what education provided him in a blessed life, Rosen believes that anyone can succeed if given the chance to get an education. He invested into creating the Tangelo Park Program, a three-pronged program that includes the promise of a free college or vocational school education — including room, board, books, tuition and travel — to any youth graduating high school in Tangelo Park, a small, rural African-American neighborhood off International Drive. To date, the program has graduated close to 400 children from high school, with close to 200 college degrees awarded. Also, the crime rate is down more than 50 percent during the past six years. His next endeavor is to contribute to another school project in the urban Parramore neighborhood at the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, where students have the option of attending the preschool, then must proceed through eighth grade and on to Jones High School. When he announced the program last year, Rosen immediately provided college scholarships to the 14 Jones High School graduates who lived in Parramore and recently awarded this year’s group of scholarships. This will continue even though the new preschool does not open until August. It is a project that Rosen wants others around the nation to replicate and build upon in FEATURE Bright Futures for Every Student! www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x June 1 - 14, 2017 x 3 Harris Rosen Plans for a New Preschool Program by Debra Wood order to give youngsters a chance to succeed. “We just want help in letting people know that this is a wonderful opportunity for schools in America; that’s my prayer,” Rosen said. “We have been so blessed, and that is the reason we can help youngsters achieve more. If I can get an education, anyone can do it.” Development in Parramore Rosen’s program for Parramore would resemble much of how the Tangelo Park Program was established years ago, although it will be five times larger and have the benefit of housing students in a preschool building that will be open this August, when the main school opens. “In August, we will see students from the inner-city neighborhoods begin a new experience in preschool,” Rosen said. “The students will go through each grade in that building, and, upon graduation from Jones High School, they will qualify for the full scholarship into college.” The new school will also include a community medical facility and attached Boys & Girls Club to provide children with after-school activities while their parents work. The school was determined because of the fact that there were more multifamily than single-family homes in the Parramore community, which was prevalent in the Tangelo Park area, and thus justified the program’s preschools taking place in local individuals’ homes. Curriculum will be the same in the school building as it is with the Tangelo Park Program; however, the 48 teachers’ salaries, director’s salary, information technology needs, furniture repairs and school CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Thank you to all of our patients for voting! Walk Ins Welcome Open 6 Days a Week Until 9pm on Weekdays Voted #1 Physician 3 Years in a Row *Now Accepting New Patients (407) 876-CARE (2273) | WindermereMedicalCenter.com Accepted Plans: Aetna | BCBS (all plans) | Cigna/Disney | Florida Hospital (FHHS) | Healthchoice | Medicare | United Healthcare and many more Niral Patel, M.D.