In Brief — Aug. 12, 2007 {0717}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

In Brief — Aug. 12, 2007

Aug. 12, 2007  News media contact: Tita Parham*
800-282-8011  Orlando {0717}

An e-Review News Item

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n Ministry donates bicycles to children’s centers
n Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on 2008 World Watch List

Ministry donates bicycles to children’s centers

By Kitty Carpenter**

Tyzohn Davis, 5, a recent graduate of the Rosa Valdez Center’s preschool program, enjoys his new bicycle, donated by God’s Pedal Power of Tampa, a joint ministry of Tampa’s St. James United Methodist and University Baptist churches. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Family Ministries. Photo #07-0642.

TAMPA — Tyzohn Davis, 5, a recent graduate of the Rosa Valdez Center’s preschool program, was all smiles after picking up his bicycle donated by God’s Pedal Power of Tampa.

He was so excited he wouldn’t let his grandmother put the bicycle in her car. He was spotted riding up and down the sidewalk in front of Cornerstone Family Ministries’ Wolff Administration building where he received the bicycle.

Davis is one of 28 graduates of the Rosa Valdez and Cuscaden Centers’ pre-kindergarten programs, part of Cornerstone Family Ministries (formerly Tampa United Methodist Centers). Each child received a bicycle from God’s Pedal Power following graduation ceremonies earlier this summer.

God’s Pedal Power is a volunteer-driven, shared ministry of Tampa’s St. James United Methodist and University Baptist churches. Volunteers repaired bicycles donated to the ministry and delivered them to Cornerstone Family Ministries for the children.

Stephen Langford, Cornerstone Family Ministries’ executive director, said the agency was “overwhelmed with the generosity of all the volunteers connected to God’s Pedal Power” and for giving so many children bicycles they could not otherwise afford.

“God’s Pedal Power has given these children a positive reinforcement for their good work in school and told them that God and the community love them,” Langford said.

Cornerstone Family Ministries is a nonprofit human services mission headquartered in Tampa and serving the state. The Rosa Valdez and Cuscaden Early Intervention Centers provide developmentally appropriate child care and early school readiness in conjunction with family support services. Last year the centers worked with 135 at-risk children from birth to 5 years of age.

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on 2008 World Watch List

By Florida Southern College Staff

LAKELAND — The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on the Florida Southern College campus have been included on the World Monument Fund’s list of 100 most endangered sites in the world.

The college has the world’s largest single-site collection of Wright’s buildings and is the only college campus designed by the architect.

The World Monuments Fund chooses sites based on historical or cultural significance, urgency of the threat and viability of a sustainable solution. All 12 Wright structures are in need of restoration, and their inclusion on the Watch List designates the structures as worthy of preservation.

Other sites on the 2008 list include Peru’s Machu Picchu, Shanghai’s modern architecture from the 1920s to the 1940s, areas of New Orleans already devastated by Hurricane Katrina and threatened by rising seas, and sites along U.S. Route 66, once the main thoroughfare to the West. The World Monuments Fund has included such world-renowned sites as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Ellis Island and the Panama Canal on past Watch lists.

Launched in 1995, the World Monuments Watch is the flagship advocacy program of the World Monuments Fund. The World Watch List, issued every two years, acts as a potent call to action on behalf of structures in urgent need of immediate attention and assistance. So far, more than 75 percent of Watch sites have been saved or are now out of danger.

Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive, United Methodist college with a liberal arts core. It offers 39 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business administration, education and nursing. Florida Southern is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s institutions and by Princeton Review as a “Best Southeastern College.”


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Carpenter is director of development for Cornerstone Family Ministries.

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