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Harris Rosen Brings His Education-First Philosophy To Parramore


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"I can close my eyes now and see this incredible new school. It is a template, it is going to be replicated throughout the United States." Harris Rosen at the site of a new pre-school through 8th grade campus in Parramore. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

"I can close my eyes now and see this incredible new school. It is a template, it is going to be replicated throughout the United States." Harris Rosen at the site of a new pre-school through 8th grade campus in Parramore. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

For more than two decades, kids in Orlando’s Tangelo Park neighborhood have been educated through a program that begins at age two and continues through college.

It’s funded by hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen. And now Rosen’s starting a new program in Parramore.

“I can close my eyes now and see this incredible new school,” said Rosen, at the site of the future preschool through 8th grade campus just off North Parramore Avenue.

“This is going to change America. People from all over America are going to come here and say ‘we’re going to put that in Baltimore, we’re going to put that in New Jersey, we’re going to put that in Chicago.'” he said.

“There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Rosen explained that after 20 years of sponsoring the education of Tangelo Park kids, seeing their graduation rates go up and crime in that neighborhood go down, he looked around for another neighborhood to replicate the program.

Salaries for the preschool teachers will be funded by Rosen’s foundation. 

The new school is set to open in 2017.


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Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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