Dreams evolve as we see ourselves in others and believe we are capable of success. Dreams become a reality when they are encouraged by those who have paved the way. The Dream Academy was founded based on the expression of Dr. Classy Preston’s belief that all children should have the opportunity to dream and to have a partner in that dream as a vibrant part of his/her life. As the old African proverb states, “it takes a village to raise a child.”
The Dream Academy is an academic and professional enrichment program that provides students in grades 4 – 12 the opportunity to identify, cultivate, develop, and realize their dreams in an encouraging and supportive environment. Launched in May 2012 with a focus on self-purpose and self-refection, the Academy underwent a major organizational transition in 2016, placing the focus on program design and the needs of students as they prepare to compete academically as well as professionally in the global marketplace.
The academy started with 23 Dreamers and today has an astounding 115 active Dreamers. Many of the students have been involved for several years and have seen great success. One of the original students went on to pursue her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now serving on the Academy’s leadership team. Since its inception, a number of former students have matriculated to graduate school and received advanced degrees. Within the last few years, many Dreamers have been accepted to schools that offer robust academics such as schools associated with the Triangle Independent School Consortium.
Thanks to local and national support and funding, the Dream Academy continues to thrive and see dreams come to fruition.
Rev. Dr.Classy M. Preston
Pleasant Grove Church
Pleasant Grove Foundation Dream Academy
P.O. Box 1441, Cary, NC 27512-1441
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