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Ice Cream for a Dream!

  • Cesar Chavez Elementary 1404 South 40th Street San Diego, CA, 92113 United States (map)

What is Ice Cream for A Dream?

Ice Cream for a Dream is a national community initiative that uses ice cream as a motivational tool to encourage communities to share their dreams and make them a reality.

The schoolchildren shared their dreams of becoming teachers, doctors and lawyers with dozens of caring adults ranging from school administrators, faculty and their families, in exchange for a cool, sweet treat.

Why does it matter?

The importance of dreaming and working together in our communities to make these dreams a reality serves as the fabric that brings our diverse communities together here in San Diego. For many, elementary school is when we begin to formulate our dreams and as we get older - we run the risk of giving up on those dreams and by default - ourselves. Fortunately, we can draw upon several instances in our history as Americans when dreams that seemed beyond reach actually served as catalysts to bring about important changes to our communities.

This initiative is especially significant when we think about the transformational role that dreams have played in our history as Americans. In August 1963, a young pastor named Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality with over 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial on a hot, summer day in our nation’s capital. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King’s words changed attitudes and laws to ensure that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as our forefathers declared in our constitution, is a right for all.

We as caring members of San Diego must work to prevent our youth from giving up on their dreams. It is why One San Diego works tirelessly to raise funds for its Youth Opportunity Priority- an initiative focused on supporting enhanced afterschool programs, job readiness and skills training and college access education. It is through these types of efforts that we not only keep our dreams alive - we turn them into a reality for all.

What is the target age group?

This program is targeted towards 3rd - 5th graders.