BREAKING NEWS: EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Dare to Dream is comprised of three modules in which 4th through 6th grade students focus on character, community and goal setting. The Module 2 Excellence Award recognizes two students in the Dare to Dream community who have exemplified what it means to be part of Dare to Dream and made a significant contribution to the community service project. Congratulations to the following students:
Katelyn Blanton is a fifth grader at McNamara Elementary School. Her teachers state that she is very positive and polite. She attends all meetings and helps wherever she is needed. She makes sure the classroom is cleaned up after meetings. For the school community project, Katelyn put in a lot of extra effort, completing over 10 posters for the project by taking them home. Each poster was meticulously completed with words and pictures encouraging students to stop bullying. She even helped some of the members complete their posters. Everyone loves Katelyn as she is always smiling and is very serious about her membership in Dare To Dream
Xaniya Davis, a fourth grader and the president of Heflin Elementary's Dare to Dream program, is the second recipient of the Module Two Excellence Award. The mission of Heflin's community service project: "Operation Goldberg Towers" was to collect needed items for senior citizens living in the facility. Students were asked to bring three items each. Xaniya not only brought her items but collected additional donations, helped put up posters around the school and collected items from the school donation boxes. Her commitment to the project makes her a truly deserving recipient of this award.
Dare to Dream (DTD) began in 1995 as a program to boost self-esteem and provide positive role models for children in elementary and middle schools. The program's foundation is Dr. Harris' credo - the ABCs, “I can Achieve, if I Believe and Conceive my dream.” DTD has been co-sponsored for 20 years by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and Communities in Schools. Since then, other partners including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have joined the DTD team.
Dare to Dream is an interactive curriculum comprised of three modules which focus on self-improvement (My Self), community service (My Community) and goal setting/career planning (My World).
The My Self lessons teach students about respect, responsibility and other important values. The second module, My Community, focuses on planning and executing community service projects. Finally, My World introduces students to various career fields and encourages field trips to college campuses.
Juvenile probation officers volunteer their time to regularly visit the schools, reinforcing Dr. Harris’ ABC credo, as well as underscoring the need for self-esteem, following the rules and getting along with others. Other special guests include astronauts, FBI agents and guidance counselors.
Each year, DTD ends with a celebration field trip. The program consists of a motivational speech from Dr. Harris as well as school presentations and skits and superstar awards for outstanding students.
After their participation, teachers report that DTD students have an increased desire to stay in school and have set goals for personal achievement.
2014-2015 participants are listed below. Those schools with a "CIS" listed next to the name are schools which are affiliated with Communities in Schools. Applications to participate in the Dare to Dream program are available each year in mid-May.
For more information on each school, click on the name to view school location, staff names, photos and more!
For more information, please contact Kelly Sauve or Carole Allen.
Kelly Sauve, Program Director-Dare to Dream
Carole Allen, Director Emeritus