Aspiring Aeronautical Engineer, CPA and Writer are Latest Essay
Challenge Winners in Program Presented with
This semester, approximately 23,000 students attending more than 90
schools in 14 states are setting their sights on the future by
participating in the Dream UP Program, which is offered to middle school
teachers at no cost by the
Also this fall, three Dream UP Essay Challenge winners from the spring 2013 semester completed their “dream job” mentoring experiences. They include:
Jason Blake Warrens,
Allen Central Middle School, Eastern, Ky.– The aspiring aerospace engineer spent a day with the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Educationthat included visits to Frankfort High School Aerospace Academy, NASA Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. (Teacher: Sandra Stapleton)
Allison Kerce, Coral Springs Middle School, Coral Springs, Fla.– With a clear goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant, Allison attended the Annual Accounting Show in Fort Lauderdaleas a guest of the Florida Institute of CPAs. (Teacher: Suzanne Fronrath)
Samantha Bonnin, Coral Springs Middle School, Coral Springs, Fla.– Samantha, who wants to be a writer, participated in the National Day on Writing celebration at Florida Atlantic Universityin Boca Ratonand spent time with Department of Englishfaculty members. (Teacher: Suzanne Fronrath)
Other Dream UP students in the spring semester imagined and wrote about careers as a veterinarian, singer, animator, money manager, pastor, author and experimental physicist - big dreams for middle school students who might still be more than five years away from high school graduation.
Since its introduction in 2009, approximately 90,000 young people across
the country have examined future career opportunities through the Dream
UP program, which seeks to address the alarming problem of middle school
students dropping out of school. “By giving middle school students the
tools and resources to begin to consider career opportunities, establish
long-term goals, and dream about what they might become in the future,
we’re helping to keep students in the classroom, rather than losing them
to the streets,” said
Using the Dream UP project-based curriculum, students study current workplace trends, reading and analyzing the latest industry news from USA TODAY to identify career opportunities and understand professional requirements. Through Dream UP, students research several career options and develop a career portfolio. The project culminates with students selecting and writing essays about the professions that most intrigue and inspire them. Schools select the best essays to submit to the national Dream UP Essay Challenge and, each semester, several student winners are given the opportunity to live their “dream job” for a day.
Students, parents and teachers alike praise the program.
“The CPA convention that I attended was a very eye-opening experience,”
Allison’s father, David, echoed his daughter’s enthusiasm. “Allison came away from this experience having a better understanding of where she’s going and what she will become in life,” he said. “She thoroughly enjoyed herself and looks forward to following her dreams.”
To learn more about Dream UP, visit http://www.officedepotfoundation.org/education.asp or http://usatodayeducate.com/wordpress/index.php/dream-up-office-depot.