DREAM's Montessori arrives in Santo Domingo!
Our Montessori program continued to grow this last month with the opening of
new classroom in Santo Domingo. After months of
design and teacher
, we will be serving 50
Escuela Virgen del Carmen in Guachupita, an
in the capital.
sparked interest among
Escuelita de Padres program
positive discipline and
learning through daily activities
in the home
tudents will be engaged
learning and exploration, using
directed activities in a beautiful and inviting
have been prepar
DREAM Montessori site
visits, reading discussions about the Montessori philosophy, workshops
Montessori methodology, and
creating materials to use in the classroom
environment. We are very enthusiastic about this new project and the difference that DREAM
Cigar Country Benefit 2017:
The New Dominican Philanthropy
We are so proud to celebrate the success of our sold out event, the Cigar Country Benefit 2017, and recognize
La Flor Dominicana
! Special thanks to our guests, sponsors, staff and volunteers -- what a night! Because of your continued dedication to our benefit, we were able to surpass our goal and provide the highest quality education to more than 600 young Montessori students. This annual event has proven that the Dominican Republic has both the corporate social responsibility and philanthropic community to make sustainable change a reality! Take a look
for more press and photos.
Third Round of My Very Own Library Book Fairs Begins!
Accessibility to high-interest books that are based on children's reading levels is a game changer. In partnership with My Very Own Library and Scholastic, DREAM has provided more than 75,000 books to children and local libraries
over the past few years
to promote a culture of reading on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. "Ten free books that students select and take home; award winning author visits; family literacy events; and strong community partnerships make up the My Very Own Library program," says Shannon Boehmer, Project Director, My Very Own Library. A big thank you to all of the local teachers and parents who support this project by reading with their children
at school and at
making reading a common practice
in our communities. In particular,
we are grateful to the
late Anne Feeley who, in 2011, founded My Very Own Library. By summer 2017, My Very Own Library will have provided nearly 1.6 million books to students in underserved communities.
We're Back! A Ganar #20 Starts in Gaspar Hernández
youth workforce development program is finally back in the Gaspar Hernández community
with new opportunities
to transform their lives.
And we are off to a great start!
A special thank you to Banco Popular Dominicano for their constant support, and Claudia Lambert,
irector of the
in Gaspar Hernández
date, A Ganar has graduated more than
from 8 different communities in the North Coast. Our holistic approach prepares
, go back to school, or both.
You can find more information about A Ganar on our
The DREAM Spring Music Festival Fills Cabarete Beach with Music
DREAM Spring Music Festival was held at Lax/Ojo Cabarete
on April 21st, bringing
together an amazing lineup of musician
International School of Sosúa
Music Program (Route 19), DREAM Contemporary Music
, IOAS DREAM Bachata
and special guest Ricci Oriach. Every week, 85 children
between the ages of 8 and 18 participate in DREAM
with the goal of inspiring young people to improve their quality of life through the craft of music.
musical instruction in
practice with a variety of
learning different styles ranging from jazz and world music to
achata and Dominican mer
The event raised funds for
the annual music camp, which aims to
80 to 100 young people from Cabarete and surrounding communities.
add your contribution
Carnaval brings education and entertainment to the DREAM Center
Nearly 60 Young Stars students from the Cabarete area participated in a fun and educational workshop from the organizing team of Carnaval Cabarete. The presenters shared information about the history and culture of Carnaval in the Dominican Republic. Students learned how each comparsa, or group of performers, creates elaborate costume designs and unique dances or movements that showcase a distinct community or group. One of the DREAM students who participated in the first Cabarete youth comparsa, los Diablos del Atlántico, shared his experience in this year's parade while several students tried on the costumes specially designed to represent Cabarete. We can't wait for next year!
Choco, choco, la, la
Choco, choco, te, te
Choco, la, choco, te
Thank you to our Global Connections Groups for investing
children from Palo Amarillo
a group of students from Manassas Park, Virginia and helped paint
students spent some time teaching each other how to play hand games
the children from Palo Amarillo sang some special songs for their friends from Virginia.
In addition, w
e had a very talented group of students from South Berwick, Maine
freshen up the library in La Ci
and complete a nice mural.
We were pleased to find out they had some very talented artists in the group
hen rain prevented the group from Troy, NY from starting their planting project
they turned up the music and got dancing lessons from
school students in Jamao.
he rain cleared up in the afternoon
in 3 hours they
planted 50 avocado and mango trees
as well as
painted the school auditorium. Great
DREAMer of the Month
with DREAM Project as the Montessori
anager in the summer of 2011.
her positive attitude, impeccable organization
al and problem-solving skills,
ability to take initiative
, she was quickly promoted
DREAM Center Coordinator and
Head Accountant/Community Relations Coordinator.
In this role she was in charge of all finance and accounting procedures as part of the USAID Alerta Joven project, a very complex job.
We are proud to have worked with Patricia and watched her grow professionally.
She has been an excellent role model and inspiration to many of our staff!
We wish her well with her new
opportunity in Punta Cana,
and hope she visits us again soon.
Donors of the Month
A special thank you to all who gave this month, including:
Alvarez y Sanchez
Zanwill International Inc.
International Packaging Company Inc.
La Flor Dominicana
Lendof & Asociados
Cigar Country Stores
Villa Vacation for Change
Millennium Resort and Spa
Ultravioleta Boutique Residences
Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Mercer Middle School & John Champe
CFC Campaign 2016
LitWorld International, Inc.
Paula J. Powers
Gabriele de Plano
The Thomas Rosato Foundation
Kansas State University Foundation
Dr. Mark Kemenosh
Banco Popular Dominicano
And all who donated to the
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