Dare to Dream (DTD), The Harris Foundation's crime prevention and character development program for grade 4-6 students in the Greater Houston area, is proud to announce its Module One Mission Specialist Excellence Award winners.
DTD's year long curriculum is comprised of three modules: My Self (character development), My Community (community awareness/engagement) and My World (setting goals). In My Self, students learn about the six pillars of character and their role in achieving success. The students then work as a group to plan and implement a character campaign at their school. This year’s recipients of the 2013-2014 Module One Mission Specialist Excellence Awards played an integral role in that planning process and also have demonstrated the six pillars of character in their own lives. Dare to Dream is proud to recognize these students whose good character and positive attitude have truly made a difference.
Jocelyn Guel is a 5th grader at Kennedy Elementary in Houston Independent School District. She is the secretary of her DTD group. Her teacher, Ms. Chantee Kazeem says, "Jocelyn is one of the most responsible students I have ever had in Dare to Dream. She is always on time to each meeting and ready to work. She does not have to be reminded of her job and she is respectful of each of the students in the program." Jocelyn is responsible even when she doesn't think she is being watched and she shows how much she cares for others by helping both students and staff on campus. She also played an integral role in preparing and hanging posters for the "No Place for Hate" campaign at her school. Jocelyn's proven leadership skills makes her most deserving of this 2013-2014 Mission Specialist Excellence Award.
Basilias Banda is a sixth grader at Marshall Middle School. Basilias was nominated for a Mission Specialist Award by the Dare to Dream sponsor, Ms. Victoria Soto. Basilias stays focused, is always on task and is motivated to ask questions. Her teachers report that that she is responsible and sets a good example for others. Even if classmates get off task, Basilias is able to continue doing work and ignore distractions. Her work on the posters for the character campaign at Marshall helped to make it a huge success. We are proud to recognize Basilias with this 2013-2014 Mission Specialist Excellence Award.
Medinat Lawal, a sixth grader at Youngblood Intermediate in Alief ISD, was nominated for the 2013-2014 Mission Specialist Excellence Award for consistently demonstrating responsibility. Through DTD, Medinat has learned to take responsibility for her actions and to utilize constructive criticism to improve. Upon reflection of her past behavior, Medinat also reached out via letter to the teachers at her school promising to improve her behavior in their classes. Ms. Sazon, the DTD sponsor, states that since her participation in DTD, teachers have reported that Medinat's attitude and behavior, as well as her performance on classwork, have shown vast improvement. Medinat also served as the leader of her group as they prepared skits to demonstrate the six pillars of character. We look forward to hearing about all of Medinat's future successes!