From Tragedy to Triumph: M-DCPS Opens Academy Honoring King Carter

The King Carter Global Trade & Logistics Academy was made possible by a generous $1 million donation to Miami-Dade County Public Schools by an anonymous donor. The Academy pays homage to King Carter, age 6, a gregarious first grader who was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in February 2016.

Last Week, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho  joined by King Carter’s family, School Board Vice Chair Martin Karp, Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III and District staff unveiled the Academy at Miami Northwestern Senior High.

“They will forever know who King Carter is,” the boy’s father, Santonio Carter, said at the unveiling ceremony. 

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The Academy will also be functional at the Miami Central Senior High. The Academy will serve to enhance career readiness opportunities for students at both schools.

“(The anonymous donation will help) to create programs of hope, economic empowerment right here in this community, in the same schools King Carter, years later, would attend as a high school student,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.  

“It is meaningful to me,” Carvalho said. “It is, as I said, turning tragedy into triumph for kids in our community.”

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