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Published on May 13 2016

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Welcome to the 13th Annual
Dream Fest and Celebration!

Imagine a worldwide community of students, connected through their goals for the future and empowered through their shared dreams.

We all know that all too often our students can be driven by tests and fear of failure, in school  environments that do not focus on  inspirations or aspiration. But with your help,The Dream Flag Project has been doing its part to change that, inspiring students with our powerful but simple, low-tech project: Write your dream, your hope. Put it on a standard-sized piece of cloth and use art. Connect it to a line with others. Put it out in public.

Now, because of what teachers have done in more than 400 Dream Flag schools, we’re poised to create an inspired global community of students taking action on their dreams, including millions in more diverse settings than ever. The Dream Flag Project, with the backing of its Board of Advisors and trustees from The Agnes Irwin School, is setting out in a new direction to expand and extend the benefits of The Dream Flag Project to millions of students.

The first step is the development of an app that can connect students and teachers around the world and facilitate the kind of sharing that will help all of us to bring dreams back into the classroom for a better world.

You can learn more about it HERE and I’d love to know what you think--about this and the future of our Dream Flag Project.

Yours dreaming and doing,

Jeff Harlan


Festival Activities
#1 Your Dream Button
decorate and make your dream button

#2 Wear a Dream
shirt decoration station

#3 Dreamer Bingo
learn about other dreamers and get a Dream Flags tattoo

#4 Flag Scavenger Hunt
investigate the flags around you to earn a prize

#5 Dreams for Dream Flags
make a flag about your vision for Dream Flags
and learn about our DreamLine App Kickstarter

#6 Learning Langston; Jeopardy and Word Search
jump into our Jeopardy game on Langston Hughes and Dream Flags
Try the Hughes word search and earn your sticker!

#7 Open Mic
bring your dream poem and read

#8 Group Art: Hope for Humanity
create and add your “hope for humanity” leaf to our tree of life!

Dream Fest
Grand Hall Overlook

School Registration Open
Festival Activities Begin

Celebration Gathering
Kirby Auditorium

Welcome Circle
recognizing participant groups in the room and around the world

Remarks by Jenna Winterle of The National Constitution Center

Dream Flag Poetry Readings
Representative readers from participating groups
(Students with numbered buttons come up when called.)
Musical accompaniment by Tim Brey
Acknowledgments & 2016 Dreamer Awards

Thanks to So Many People and Groups:

TO AIS adminstrators Marindl Hufford and Wendy Hill for their continuous support

TO National Constitution Center support, especially from Jenna Winterle and Kerry Sautner

TO Our wonderful volunteer staff today including: Andrew Conally, Sarah Kinder, Melissa Musacchio, Mary Pat McFarland, Miriam Harlan, Angel Padula, Kerry Farrow, Geralding Heldring, Leslie Miller, Shannon Davis, Sharon Mankovich, Tricia Roarty, Caroline Ernst, Erin Brady, Suzy Davis, Paula Solomon, Lisa, Ndiaye, Drew Ulichney, Cleve Green, and the wonderful AIS 6th grade class parents Tiffany Green and Christine Lesko.

TO the always amazing and truly wonderful students -- all 8,000 of them -- who created and connected Dream Flags this year across the USA and around the globe and to the teachers who are working every year to bring dreams back into the classroom for a better world.



Group Name--City--State--Country--Grades--Numbe of Students

Abakan English Access Group Abakan Republic of Khakassia RUSSIA 8-10 10
A. M. Greenfield Elementary Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA 1-5 203
Agnes Irwin Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania USA 2 and 6 87
Barber Elementary School Phillipsburg New Jersey USA 2 34
Burrell Boom Methodist Belize City Belize District BELIZE K to 8 310
Carter G Woodson School Winston-Salem North Carolina USA 9, 10, 11 100
Children's Hospital of Philadelphiaq Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA mixed 25
Deal School Deal New Jersey USA K-8 155
Dolgeville CSD Spanish Club Dolgeville New York USA 6, 7, 8 12
East Ward Elementary School Downingtown Pennsylvania USA 5 25
Episcopal Academy Newtown Square Pennsylvania USA 6 31
Folsom Elementary School Folsom New Jersey USA  100
Ferry Pass Middle School Pensacola Florida USA 6, 7, 8 1,000
Fountain Valley School Colorado Springs Colorado USA 9 250
Francine Delany New School Asheville North Carolina USA 2 18
Friends School Haverford Haverford Pennsylvania USA 1, 2 55
Gardiner Manor School Bay Shore New York USA 3,4,5 730
GLadwyne Elementary School Gladwyne Pennsylvania USA K-5 700
Greengate School Huntsville Alabama USA 6 4
Hathaway Brown School Shaker Heights Ohio USA 5-8 50
Herbert Mills Elementary School Reynoldsburg Ohio USA K-4 425
Holy Cross Catholic School Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA K-8 400
Hope Christian School Levittown Pennsylvania USA K-8 84
Jaime A. Collazo Del RÌo  School Morovis Puerto Rico USA 11,12 220
Kalihi-Palama Public Library Honolulu Hawaii USA PK-5 60
Kenmoor Middle School Landover Maryland USA 8 145
Krste P. Misirkov Bitola  MACEDONIA 6 50
Lakeview Elementary School Greenwood South Carolina USA 3-5 70
Liceul Teoretic Independenta Calafat Dolj ROMANIA 9,10,12 85
Maria J. Torres-Gil Community Center Salias California USA K-12 30
Mater Dei Catholic High School Chula Vista California USA 10, 11 120
McCall Elementary Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA 3 28
Montessori magnet Kankakee Illinois USA 5, 6 60
North Bergen School District North Bergen New Jersey USA 4 150
Northwest Whitfield High School Tunnel Hill Georgia USA 9-12 200
Our Lady of the Way RC Belize City  BELIZE 5 162
Renaissance Elementary School Shelburne Vermont USA K-5 60
ROC Family Co-op New York New York USA 1-4 13
Rockland Boces- Hilltop School Haverstraw New York USA 6-8 45
Sacramento Country Day School Sacramento California USA PK-5 214
Saints Peter and Paul School West Chester Pennsylvania USA 6 40
Scoala Gimnaziala Diaconu Coresi Fieni Dambovita ROMANIA 10 22
Selam Global Academy Bloomington Illinois USA PK-4 4
St. Anne's Episcopal School Middletown Delaware USA PK-8 250
St. Therese Roman Catholic School Belize City  BELIZE 2-6 141
The Magellan Charter School Raleigh North Carolina USA 7 68
The Peijia School Shanghai  CHINA 2, 4 120
The Philadelphia School Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA 3 49
The Scholastic Test School Yarmouth Maine USA 3 3
Thomas G. Morton School Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA 1. 2 32
Trinity Valley School Fort Worth Texas USA K-12 28
Villa Maria Academy Malvern Pennsylvania USA 4 28
Wapping Elementary School South Windsor Connecticult USA K-5 305
We Thrive Organization Humble Texas USA 2, 3, 5 31
West Chester Friends School West Chester Pennsylvania USA PK-5 140
Wissahickon Middle School Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA