On April 10th 2017, MB America and Filippo Marazzi Foundation’s Marco Bruzzi and Monica Melotti attended the Okaloosa County School Board meeting during which the Consul General of Italy in Miami, Gloria Bellelli, and the Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Italian Government and the Okaloosa County Public Schools District for the launch of the Italian Cooperative Program, a program funded by MB America, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation and Mayac Inc.
"We are excited to expand educational opportunities for young people across Florida and we are honored to partner with the Okaloosa County School District, the Ente Gestore ODLI Inc - a branch of the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the General Consulate of Italy in Miami and Mayac Inc. for the development of the Italian language and culture in the US," said Marco Bruzzi, MB America CEO and Filippo Marazzi Foundation Vice-President. "We are thrilled about the enthusiasm and energy that students have for learning a new language. The fact that this new language is Italian and that they can learn it thanks to our support, makes all this even more exciting for us."
With generous support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MB America, together with the OCSD, the Filippo Marazzi Foundation and Mayac Inc, launch the "Italian Cooperative Program" (ICP) by paying for the teacher’s salaries, textbooks and teaching materials. Beginning at Niceville High School and Ruckel Middle School in the 2017/18 school year, the OCSD will provide the facility space and educational support required to make this program a success for all students involved.
This program will give native Italian language instruction to the dependents of active duty Italian Air Force members who will be stationed at Eglin AFB, FL, as part of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Additionally, the ICP will provide American students the opportunity to learn the Italian language and culture.
OCSD Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson stated, "We are so excited to begin the Italian Cooperative Program in Okaloosa’s Schools. It will benefit our students because the importance of cultural experiences is vital to living in a global society."