SCPS Students Recognized As 2017 Disney Dreamers & Doers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Raising funds for food pantries and pet shelters; educating classmates and the community about autism; assisting disabled and elderly neighbors – these are just some of the ways Central Florida students are selflessly serving their families, schools and communities.
Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has celebrated local students who serve as role models at home, school and in the community as Disney Dreamers and Doers as part of an annual recognition program. This year nearly 375 public and private school students in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties have been chosen by their school principals as 2017 Disney Dreamers and Doers.
“Nothing makes us happier than recognizing these exemplary young people,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship at Walt Disney World Resort. “Their stories demonstrate bravery – the courage to question, to care deeply, to keep an open mind and to make a difference in their own corner of the planet.”
Each Dreamer and Doer will receive an award medallion, honorary certificate and four complimentary Walt Disney World theme park tickets.
Of the nearly 375 students, Disney also has distinguished 15 Dreamers and Doers (three per each county) as Shining Stars, representing the exceptional character and kindness from among the group. On June 10, the Shining Stars and their immediate family members will attend a special event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. These award-winning students will receive a Mickey Mouse statue known as a “Mousecar,” along with a gold medallion and other special mementos.
The 2017 Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars from Seminole County are:
Braedan Lambe, Lake Orienta Elementary School, 5th grade
Braedan has two family members who are disabled. She wants them to live in world where people want to help those with disabilities. Braedan began an art course with her mom at Noah’s Ark, a facility for people with disabilities. It makes her very happy listening to their laughter as they create awesome masterpieces. She also has helped her school, where her peers now join in to assist schoolmates who may need a little extra help. One of Braedan’s teachers describes her as someone who helps others by adding a positive twist with encouragement. She makes others feel special and is an amazing role model.
Kayce Jensen, Teague Middle School, 7th grade
Kayce protects her sister from those who make fun of her by talking with other students about autism so that they can better understand the condition. She says they are both bullied at times, but to her, the important thing is that she and her sister have each other. One of Kayce’s teachers says she is always interested in helping others. She takes positive action, shows compassion and empathy, and has a creative spirit.
Almost 14,000 local students have been named Disney Dreamers and Doers since this program began 34 years ago. In addition to the Disney Dreamers and Doers program, the company actively supports education in Central Florida as the largest contributor of back-to-school supplies to A Gift for Teaching, which benefits more than 100,000 students in schools in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties.
Debbie Mookini, Walt Disney World Communications
(407) 828-1430 office; (321) 299-4125 cell; Debbie.Mookini@disney.com