Help Us Win Books

December 22nd, 2012

Follow the link below to help “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Richmond win a library of books. Simply re-pin us through your Pinterest account.  Look for this picture to cast your vote for “I Have A Dream”:

Spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors. Thank you for supporting us and our “Read More Books!”initiative.  Here’s the link:

http://pinterest.com/wegivebooks/a-season-of-giving/

Challenger Day

November 5th, 2012

What do these groups have in common:  “I Have A Dream” Foundation® – Richmond, Capital One, Henrico County Public Schools, Tuckahoe Little League (TLL), Henrico County Department of Parks and Recreation, numerous small businesses and individuals? They all came together to bring hundreds of young exceptional education students to TLL to introduce them to the sport of Challenger baseball. Everyone enjoyed games, activities and pictures in addition to batting, running and fielding.  On a clear, crisp October morning, students passed through a cheering tunnel to start their festivities.  Smiles and laughter were the order of the day for both participants and more than 200 volunteers. Thanks to all who came together as a community to make this a memorable event, with special thanks to Capital One.     Click the following link to see pictures taken by volunteer photographers :   http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49

Summer Happenings

August 3rd, 2012

The Dreamers have had a spectacular summer session this year. They were fortunate to have three awesome teachers from the City of Richmond Public Schools lead them in a five week session. We were able to take field trips to the Virginia Supreme Court, Richmond Federal Reserve, the Virginia Historical Society, Hollywood Cemetery and Washington DC.  Each Dreamer made their own journal, filled with their creative writing samples. Public speaking and drama were taught through fun activities. Follow this link to see pictures of our Dreamers in action:  http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49

Sixteen Students Recognized for Community Service

July 13th, 2012

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award was recently bestowed to sixteen area students in recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts. Eleven recipients are Dreamers, who logged more than 500 hours making their school a better place by creating a We the People Room. Awardees received a certificate, lapel pin and letter of congratulations signed by President Obama. For a list of recipients, follow this link: http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=89 . For pictures of the award ceremony, follow this link: http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49 .

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

May 28th, 2012

A ceremony was recently held to celebrate the We the People Room at Boushall Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. Almost one hundred students have taken part in creating a history-themed learning environment with wall murals and creative interactive learning stations. Students joined with Richmond City School Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon and other officials to cut the ribbon, marking the official opening. A special thanks to our three guest speakers:  Ms. Emily Sumner of Sumner Immigration Law; Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Adjunct Lecturer at University of Richmond; and the Honorable Douglas Conner, Richmond City Councilman. We look forward to Phase II of We the People Room, which will add more murals, media equipment and exhibits. Follow this link to see pictures of the transformation process: http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49

Dreamer Wins!

May 10th, 2012

Suze Prince, a student in our Haitian Scholars program, has won first-place in the Virginia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (VATESOL) writing contest. Her essay was selected from a number of entries focusing on inclusivity and advocacy that were submitted by international students from various institutions of higher education across the State of Virginia. In Suze’s essay, she encourages everyone to “Think of love as your number one goal . . . Our dream should be to show compassion and understanding to the people around us every single day”.

Suze is from Hinche, Haiti and arrived in the United States last August to study at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond Virginia.  She was in college in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck in January 2010. Her ultimate career goal is to become a midwife, helping women in Haiti in the safe delivery of their children.

When asked about her winning, Suze said “I am very proud and happy.”  Join us in congratulating Suze on a job well done. For pictures of our Haitian scholars and their adventures, follow this link:  http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49

Middle-Schoolers Give to Their Community

April 22nd, 2012

Young ladies at Orchard House School in Richmond, Virginia shared their love of reading with elementary school students and the people of Haiti. As part of “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Richmond’s Read More Books! initiative, Orchard House students visited kindergarten, first, second and third grade classrooms at two schools, read a story to the children and gave them each a book to take home for their home library. After hearing Haitian Dreamers speak about their vision to establish a library in their home country, Orchard House sponsored a book drive. This school of eighty students collected almost 5,000 books. That’s an amazing accomplishment. Thank you Orchard House!

Annual Lunch in a Limo

April 3rd, 2012

For the third year, “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Richmond has given all students in a grade level at one school the opportunity to read a book and complete a reading comprehension report.  As a reward, the book is theirs to keep and the students are taken to a restaurant for lunch during the school day – transported in a limousine.  We’ve had a core group of Dreamers participate every year and the event has become one of our most popular, anticipated events.  This year, students read Puddlejumpers, a fascinating fantasy adventure written by Mark Jean and Christopher Carlson.  A big thanks to Quality Foods Delivered, Inc. as a corporate sponsor this year.  Follow this link to see pictures from all three years: http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49

Thanks Emerging Leaders!

March 9th, 2012

Students at Atlee High School in Hanover, Virginia were impressed by our Dreamers from Haiti and their desire to create a library in Hinche. The Atlee Raider community rose to the occasion by collecting 3,400 books to be housed in the Haitian library. Atlee’s Emerging Leaders lived up to their name by spreading the word around school, boxing the books and cataloguing the contents.  To celebrate the first successful book drive, the Dreamers prepared an authentic Haitian breakfast for the students.  Thank you Emerging Leaders!  You are wonderful.  Follow this link to the Gallery page of our website for some pictures.  http://ihaveadreamrichmond.org/?page_id=49

Haitian Students Perform Community Service

February 27th, 2012

“I Have A Dream” Foundation  – Richmond exposes all Dreamers to community service.  Our four students in the United States from Haiti have been involved in two such activities.  After marveling at our public libraries, they developed a collective dream to start a much-needed library in the village of Hinche.  They are in the process of collecting books and brainstorming the logistics of making this dream a reality.  Secondly, three of the students are attending training in international disaster services through the Red Cross.  This training could prove invaluable to them upon their return to Haiti.  We wish these young men and women continued success in their studies at J. Sargeant Community College in Richmond, Virginia and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.