JOIN JACK MATTER, BRADDOCK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND JACKS EXTENDED FAMILY OF “KIDS” AS WE CELEBRATE JACK MEZZANO’S BEAUTIFUL MUSICAL LIFE.  The song is ended but the melody lingers on! In honor of a great man whose passion, love, and talent touched many and moved mountains. We shall celebrate your life Jack, just as bright as the light you ignited in our hearts.



WHEN:  MAY 11, 2017

TIME: 7-10PM

FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/292893507813870


We were lucky to have had Betsy Kaplan as an Advocate of the Arts.

“We remember Betsy Kaplan as a staunch supporter of public education, the arts, and many nonprofits, including The Education Fund. Betsy served on our board for more than a decade, and on our advisory board thereafter, bringing supporters and ideas to the table. Among numerous brilliant ideas, the inspiration for our annual For the Love of Art Auction (a student and teacher art showcase) was hers.


I remember the day when she was helping to judge our children’s art exhibit. She fell in love with a papier-mâché trio of cupcakes created by a fifth grader. Betsy turned to me and said, ‘I want to buy these. There must be a way.’ And our art auction was born. Long after she retired from the school board, she was still helping to judge our annual children’s art exhibit, supporting our art auction, and serving on our board, peppering our discussions with an ardent concern for children having opportunities to develop their talents through hands-on learning, especially via the arts. Betsy will be missed, but her work and ideas will live on, bettering our community for all.


To honor Betsy and the inspiration she brought to our work of improving public education for all children, we will dedicate our upcoming art auction in her memory. Betsy Kaplan is a role model to which we should all aspire.”

Linda Lecht, president, The Education Fund

The passing of our beloved friend Jack Mezzano.

Jack Mezzano, former Braddock Theatre Teacher and beloved friend of District 8 Thespians passed away this morning after being hospitalized since December 30, 2016.  Jack taught for Braddock Senior High Drama, troupe 4841,  from 1996 to this past September.  Jack’s talent was exceptional.  Not only was he a gifted pianist and director but a motivational instructor who fueled so many in practicing theatre and sparked countless careers in entertainment.   He was one of the most supportive and talented teachers in Miami—Dade County.  His undying love and work for District 8 Thespians will live on in our hearts forever.   Jack’s diagnosis was unfortunately unknown.  As of Thursday night, Jack was placed on a morphine drip and slept peacefully until his passing this morning.  His husband, Jack Matter (Mom), was at his side day and night and received amazing support from our thespians, friends and family.  We ask that you keep our amazing and talented friends in your thoughts at this incredibly difficult time.

A gofundme account has been opened in Jacks name at this address: http://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=category&term=jack%20Mezzano

If you would like to send a card:  8608 SW 156th Place, Miami, FL 33193-1213

There is no further information on services, but we will post as soon as it is available.

Please keep our Jacks in your thoughts and Prayers at this time.

The Passing of beloved drama teacher, David Nardone – December 6, 2016

Earlier this school year our beloved friend David Nardone was diagnosed with lung cancer.  His battle was brief but difficult and alongside his family and friends he was finally at peace on December 6, 2016.  District 8 Thespian, Brooke Sterling, and a group of former students of Dave’s organized a fundraiser event in tribute to their teacher on September 27th 2016 at Pinecrest Gardens.  Filled with supporters, former students, friends and family the Banyan Bowl served as a beautiful backdrop for the heartfelt voices that sang up in his praise as he watched through Facebook Live.  His memory will be forever in our hearts.  He served as drama teacher in Palmetto Middle School & Miami Beach Senior High.  He was also co-chair for District 4 Junior Thespians and built scenery and supported every theatre program he could.  He was always willing to lend a hand and held theatre and Thespians with incredible respect and love in his heart.  The family has not disclosed any plans for a celebration of his life, but we will keep you updated on any forthcoming information.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.