Columbia non-profit makes dreams come true

2 months 1 week 8 hours ago April 18, 2017 Apr 18, 2017 Tuesday, April 18 2017 Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:56:00 AM CDT in News
By: Jenna Puritz, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Basketball, soccer, gymnastics and ballet are just a few of the extra curricular activities supported by the Day Dreams Foundation. 

It is an organization that offers scholarships to Columbia Public Schools students who receive free or reduced lunch at school. The scholarships allow children to participate in activities they otherwise would not be able to afford. 

"It's a really needed service, especially if you have multiple kids in one family, and you're not able to make all those fees and uniforms and competition fees," said Dominique King, whose daughters are both on scholarships through the foundation. 

King's daughter Sydney, who's a kindergartner at Ridge Way Elementary, takes ballet classes every Saturday at Missouri Contemporary Ballet. 

"I just really like it because I like the music and dancing a lot," Sydney said. 

King said the environment is something she and Sydney have fun with.

"I think she likes the teacher and the interaction with the teacher and with other students. She really enjoys the other girls here, and the staff is just really great to work with," she said.

The Day Dreams Foundation was created by founder and president Joe Bradley in September 2014. 

"I really just wanted to make sure that every kid in our community has the same chances as I had growing up," Bradley said. 

The foundation has awarded 86 scholarships since its first in March of 2015. In addition, its has raised $27,000 for activities and equipment costs. 

Day Dreams has never turned a child away as long as they have correctly fill out the application, meet eligibility requirements, and want to participate in an activity that the foundation believes would be positive for the child. 

Scholarship recipients are encouraged to to get involved with their community, but Bradley said the foundation isn't asking for those community service hours in exchange for scholarships.

"We should take advantage of that to help them get more involved in the community and better themselves and the community at the same time," Bradley said. 

King said she approves of that.

"One of the things I really like about Day Dreams is they have a community service aspect of their scholarship program, so kids are not only receiving but they're also giving back," King said.

She said one of the more challenging parts of community service is finding ways younger children can get involved. 

"The requirement to give community service hours is very reasonable compared to the age of the child, so a younger child is very minimal as far as what they're contributing to their community," King said. "It's important that it's still be there so that they're able to have that experience along with the class and the other sports they're in."

King said her family has had to get creative in order to find activities suited for younger kids, but she is still an advocate for making sure her kids are involved. 

"It's all about being able to provide a service to the families, but also the families being encouraged to give back to their community, so it's just a really good dynamic," King said. 

The Day Dreams Foundation hosts three annual fundraisers and also meets with CPS board members to make sure all families and children know about the scholarship opportunity. 

"Definitely the best part of this position is when we approve those scholarships at our meetings, but then, once we approve the scholarships, we actually meet with the family in person," Bradley said. 

In order to follow up with children in the program, Day Dreams offers a $1,500 college scholarship for those who participated for at least two years in the program. That $1,500 scholarship is eligible for renewal for all four years of college. 

The Day Dreams Foundation website has more information on how to apply for scholarships. 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - The congregation at the First Church of God in Jefferson City was treated to a unique experience... More >>
43 minutes ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise. ... More >>
55 minutes ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A domestic dispute ended with gunshots Saturday night after the Jefferson City Police responded to a weapons... More >>
3 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:53:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOESPH, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Western State University is closing the oldest residence hall on campus. The St.... More >>
4 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:48:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwestern Missouri boy with a rare genetic disorder has fulfilled his dream of being... More >>
5 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Strengthening and Conditioning Factory is hosting a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network on Sunday. The... More >>
11 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 6:11:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Four people made it out safely of a house on Rosemary Lane in Columbia Saturday morning after a... More >>
22 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:41:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police responded to shots heard at the 800 block of Spencer Avenue on Saturday just before 5:00... More >>
23 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Cheerleaders rolled up their sleeves and got dirty while washing cars Saturday as athletes at Capitol City... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - A man was taken into custody and charged Friday night after leading authorities on a chase through the... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Members of the Central Missouri Radio Association are inviting mid-Missourians to participate in the National Amateur Radio Field... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Aspen Dental provided veterans with free services in mid-Missouri and across the U.S. Saturday for the Aspen Day... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:29:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some GOP state lawmakers want to give the Missouri attorney general authority to prosecute violations... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has pushed back until Jan. 8 the retrial of a man accused... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:59:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating the case of a toddler who died after the vehicle... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:47:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for a man now accused of killing a couple and another... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:42:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an initial 911 call Saturday morning reporting an airplane flying... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:43:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY— The Sam B. Cook Healthplex hosted the 5th Annual Sweatin' to Make a Difference on Saturday. The... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:40:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
6pm 77°
7pm 75°
8pm 71°
9pm 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
7:00p
Despicable Me
3:30p
The Legend of Zorro
6:00p
Road House
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Despicable Me
9:00p
Little Big Shots: Forever Young
6:00p
Road House
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld