Funding for New DREAMs – November 18, 2015

          SONY DSCTaken at Chabot Science Center, 2013 

$13,864!  That’s how much the DREAM board awarded last night to help 371 students and their teachers:

60 Creative Connections 6th graders will attend Alliance Redwoods next May for five days.This is the fourth time DREAM has helped make this trip possible. Among other things they will learn about redwood forest ecology, marine ecology and tide pooling, stream ecology and watershed education, night ecology, astronomy  along with challenge courses and teambuilding.

DREAM sent $2,950 to Hillsdale 6th graders to attend Grizzly Creek science camp next spring. Their teacher checked many boxes on the application including increased self-confidence, improved student attendance and/or behavior, increased interest in college, team building among students and connections between science curriculum and reality.

Orchard 6th and 8th graders will have a better understanding of the effects population, additives, etc have on the PH in our ocean and how that effects many things in our environment.  DREAM was happy to help with a $3,250 check.

Rio Tierra Junior High will send 33 6th, 7th and 8th graders to Marin Headlands Institute for the third year.  The teachers’ outcomes are for the students to make a personal connection to the science topics they are leaning in class, have a better appreciation of different ecosystems and increase their team building skills by stepping out of their personal comfort zones.

54 Madison 6th grade students were sent to Grizzly Creek Science camp – DREAM helped with a $2,700 check for the fourth time. Students, your teachers rock for making this experience possible!

For the first time we received an application from Castori Elementary to take 100 3rd graders to the Crocker Art Museum and B Street Theatre. They will venture outside their neighborhood to explore our city center…..we will tell you about their adventure in a future post!!

November 11, 2015 – Rio Linda High School

Last week we heard from Alicia Caddell from Rio Linda High School.  She took 10 students to the Northern California DECA Leadership Development Conference in October.  DREAM helped by sending the group $600 to pay for expenses.
“The students were exposed to a professional business meeting a conference situation. They learned dining etiquette, networking, leadership, motivation, project planning, project management and goal-setting skills. The experiences from the conference provided students with the opportunity to see relevance in their education to their future college and career. Most students had never stayed in a hotel, traveled on a field trip or worked with students outside their high school. As on student told me the first thing Monday morning, “The conference was AMAZING! I want to do better in school, learn more, and go to competitions so I will be prepared for college”.”
When we asked if they could have done this without DREAM funding, she shared “No, the students had to pay the $80.00 per person registration fee, and hotel and food expenses (I had to make payment arrangement with some of the students as money is a challenge).  Project DREAM provides opportunities for our students that would not be available without their support.”