March 29, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE


DREAM with us!! Project DREAMs 2017 fundraiser will be at the Rendez-Vous Winery in Clarksburg on Sunday, May 28th, 2:00-6:00. Live music from the Ariel Jean Band, wine, food, silent auction, Fund-A-Need!

Tickets: $30 each or $50 per couple!

Help us provide field trips and experiences for Twin Rivers Unified School District students!

March 22, 2017 – Foothill High School

19 Foothill High School students asked DREAM for help to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Two hundred miles away from home was a huge deal for these SDC Moderate Severe classes that teach students independent living skills and help them function in society.

Teachers, Lal Ravikant and Ivilma Erwin sent us this note after the trip saying they were “proud of the students for:
  • They had to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to be on this trip.
  • Some of our students have behavior, health and anxiety issues but they maintained their best behavior throughout the trip. They really enjoyed and appreciated the day.
  • They had a long from around 4:00am to 9:00pm but they didn’t seem tired at all.”
Great teamwork – students, teachers, principal Brian Wellbourne, coordinator Dana Jefferey along with Medi-Cal and DREAM who provided the funding!

March 15, 2017 – Pacific High School

In October, six 10th and 11th grade students from Pacific High joined their teacher, Keira Kirby, on a visit to the State Capitol. She wrote us, “students were given the chance to touch a bit of history. The gilded accents and European decor of the Capitol impressed them and were talking points about the significance each had in history.”

Glad DREAM donors and sponsors could help!

March 8, 2017 – Highlands High School

100 9-12th grade students from Highlands High School joined their Spanish II teacher on a trip to the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. “So many of them were proud of their heritage yesterday. They got to see objects created by cultures that are often overlooked, venerated and displayed as art,” their Wendy Robinson shared. One student observed “the guy who made that looked like me.”

What a day, what a dream, what an experience!!

March 1, 2017 – Funding for New DREAMs

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 13 new payroll donors were added during our payroll deduction campaign. THANK YOU to all donors, new and continuing. Woodlake Elementary again won the trophy (and free lunch) for the highest percentage of donors (new and continuing) at their site. Congratulations!

The DREAM board met Monday evening and approved all of the funding requests below:

  • Briana Wells and Erin Short from D.W. Babcock DREAMed of taking their 50 1st grade students to Powerhouse Science Center. They wrote “this field trip will allow students to take what they have learned about space and our solar system and deepen their understanding of these systems. The students will be exposed to different experiences such as the planetarium that allows them to observe and understand things that they are unable to observe in their community, such as observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.” DREAM sent them $312 to help with admissions tickets and the bus.
  • Twice, Foothill High School has sent students to Music in the Parks. Alexander Grambow and Jennifer Jim wanted to take 40 9-12th grade students again this year. “This activity is specific for the choir, band, and orchestra at FHS. The performing ensembles will travel to a music festival in Milpitas, CA. There they will perform for a platform of judges who are experts in the field of music. While listening to the groups perform, the adjudicators give constructive feedback concerning the musical aspect of the performance that our regular listeners can not provide.” We sent them a check for $1,750.00 to help with tickets and transportation.
  • Spring is the season for music festivals and Highlands High School‘s choir teacher, Beth Nitzan, requested $263.49 to help take 6 10-12th grade students to Music in the Parks “which organizes festivals for music students all over the country. This year, for the first time, I would like my advanced choir class, Chamber Singers, to have the opportunity to attend. The feedback that the choir will receive is an invaluable resource. As their teacher, I know I can tell them the same thing 20 times, but it will not carry the same weight as when they hear it from an independent source.” It was a unanimous YES.
  • Tiffany Hector and Sabrina Caldeira, 4th grade teachers at Oakdale wrote asking for $1,236.25 to help take 70 students to the SF Exploratorium. Most of our students have never travelled outside of their neighborhood, let alone seem the ocean. This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to see a larger area of our state. They will be able to see San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the OCEAN, and real sea animals. They will also see the beauty and possibilities that science has to offer, instilling in them a greater desire to do well in school and obtain a degree in the field of science, arts or history!” DREAM said YES.
  • Regency Park‘s 3rd grade teachers, Courtney Wallace and Laura Hatcher, wanted to repeat their successful trip to CA Academy of Sciences for 100 of their students. “The teachers feel it would be a great experience for all the students to go to the Academy because they will get the chance to do hands-on experiments and bring to life the things we are learning in class. Most of our students have not been outside of Sacramento. We expect the students to learn a lot of different science lessons from visiting this museum.” DREAM sent them $1,897.50 to pay for the buses and admission tickets.
  • Spring is also time for state career technical education students at Rio Linda High School to participate in SkillsUSA. Participation “offers competitive competitions utilizing employment skills and soft skills in leadership. The process allows students to acquire confirmation that they are prepared to join the work force. They develop team work, enhanced communication skills, confidence and self-esteem to name a few. They bond and rely on each other’s knowledge to advance through the levels of competition and they develop lasting relationships.” We sent the $650.00 check.