March 14, 2018 – Ridgepoint Elementary

On March 27, 75 2nd gradeRidgepointstudents along with their teachers, Mrs. Rydell, Ms. Reichman and Ms. Gibb, climbed on a bus that took them to Nimbus Fish Hatchery.
Ms. Rydell wrote us: “I’ve been teaching for 22 years and gone on many field trips. As we were riding the bus this time, it dawned on me that just riding a bus full of your classmates somewhere is an opportunity and experience of and in itself that doesn’t happen very often. Students get to sit high above the road and see out many windows. Things that are everyday, commonplace things are excitement for the kids. They notice the Jack in the Box or the donut shop. They see the lady walking her big, fluffy dog or the Terminez truck with the huge insect on the top. Most of the students are talking the whole way about what they’ve seen and are having an adventure/experience right on the bus and that’s not even our destination.
We saw the American River, received a guided tour that brought to life all that we had been studying the classroom, fed the 6-month-old steelhead trout and watched a video that uses puppets to learn about water conservation and how to take care of our waterways.
So….the learning continues as we headed back to class. Thank you Project DREAM for helping with funds that made real life connections possible and re-ignited my excitement for teaching and providing additional opportunities for my students.”

September 20, 2017 – Funding for new DREAMs

The DREAM board is pleased to announce the approval of grants totaling $6,777.00 for the month of September.

  • 6 elementary schools Babcock, Dry Creek (2 grades), Madison, Regency Park, Woodridge) to various pumpkin farms in October.
  • Grant High School 12th grade GEO students will participate in the California Forestry Challenge.
  • Ridgepoint Elementary will connect science to the real world on a guided tour of Steelhead next February.
  • Rio Linda High School 9-12 graders will visit the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum.
  • Woodlake 5th grade students will participate in SPLASH, vernal pools that bring science to life for them.
  • 30 5-12th grade kids will take a trip to Los Angeles for the 11th annual Tolerance Trip which includes visits to the Japanese American Natural Museum and the Museum of Tolerance.

September 6, 2017 – Babcock Elementary

“The most amazing part of the day was hours and hours of happy and excited kids! They pointed with excitement and awe from the river and “skyscrapers” as we drove by on the bus to every animal and science activity they experienced. It was something new and amazing to all of them.” Brenda Hin-Skriel, 2nd grade teacher, Babcock Elementary School.

DREAM was proud to help 50 students experience Fog Willow Farms last May as they rode on a school bus outside their neighborhood–hope we can help more students this year!

August 23, 2017 – Creative Connections Arts Academy

20 7th and 8th graders fromCreative Connections Arts Academytook a 7-day trip to the East Coast last June.

Their teacher, Tina Hughes-Corben, wrote us “as a visual and performing arts based charter school, our mission includes exposing our students to as much of the arts as possible. This trip is one of the traditional ways in which we can do so. The educational opportunities during the week abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our students! To see a live Broadway production and visit all of the historical monuments are lifelong memories and treasures they can refer to the rest of their lives. This year we had some students drop out of the trip during the final months which raised the per person cost for the rest of the travelers. DREAM’s support helped offset that increase. We love this opportunity every other year and DREAM helps make that happen for us!”
Hurrah to the dedicated staff and chaperones that made this trip happen!

August 16, 2017 – Babcock Elementary

Ms. Briana Wells helped take 50 1st grade students from Babcock Elementary to the Powerhouse Science Center last April. “Students enjoyed traveling outside of their neighborhood to visit the museum. For most, it was their first time ever to a planetarium. Many students returned wanting to learn more about science and the content we experienced. It would have been impossible to provide this experience to the students without DREAM funding.”

Always great to hear such☺news.

August 9, 2017 – Welcome Back!

Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a restful and fun-filled summer.

DREAM is excited to be working again this year with TR teachers to help their students step outside their neighborhood and experience the world. We have $30,000 to help with those dreams and another $9,000 to award up to 30 high school seniors with a “dorm supply” shopping spree.
If you are a teacher with a dream, use the application under “apply for funds” (deadline dates are included) and send it to us. We❤saying “YES”.

May 22, 2017 – Don’t You Want to Bid on These Tickets?

As always, thanks again to Scott Holbrook and Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo for donating August baseball tickets:
2 tickets to Oakland A’s vs Philadelphia Phillies baseball game and
4 tickets to watch the San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles
They will be at the silent auction table at our Fundraiser on May 28 starting at 2:00!
Don’t forget to get your tickets through this website. There are NO paper tickets this year. You will pick up your wristband at the registration desk at the Old Sugar Mill.

May 17, 2017 – Buy Your Tickets NOW! Don’t miss out!

Heringer Estates at the Old Sugar Mill has donated 5 tickets, each one good for four guests to enjoy wine tasting at their site. Thank you so much.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets to DREAM’s fundraiser on May 28, 2:00-6:00 in Clarksburg–use Paypal through our website (link below), there are no paper tickets. Pick up your wristband at the registration table.