Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars Announced

Special to the Herald


As one fifth grader was walking to lunch, she noticed her school’s cafeteria helpers sitting on a curb to eat their own lunches. Right then, she decided she would host a fundraiser to raise money to buy them a table of their own. An eighth grader, who was born premature, speaks to parents and families of premature newborns at local hospitals to let them know everything is going to be okay. Another student left Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, and now helps other evacuee students learn English and become more comfortable in their new community.

 These three students are among this year’s Disney Dreamers and Doers who stood out because of their willingness to go above and beyond to share their extraordinary character with the world around them.

 “These Shining Stars are a reminder of the incredible impact an individual can have on their own little corner of the world,” said Rena Langley, senior vice president of Public Affairs for Walt Disney World Resort. “These students may be some of the youngest members of our community today, but their big hearts, kind words and inspiring actions are the future of our community.”

 First established in 1984, the Disney Dreamers and Doers program recognizes young people who demonstrate excellence in school, at home, and in the community. This year, nearly 400 students in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties were chosen by their school principals as Disney Dreamers and Doers for consistently and uniquely demonstrating their compassion, empathy and creativity. From this year’s Dreamers and Doers, 15 Shining Stars were selected as the best of the best for truly showcasing what it means to both “dream” and “do.”

 The 2018 Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars from Seminole County are:

 Jeremy Garcia-Abreu—Carillon Elementary School, 5th grade. Jeremy was nominated by his classmate, who said when he thinks of kindness, he thinks of Jeremy. Jeremy relocated from Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria. He was nervous coming to a new place, especially because his primary language is Spanish. However, within six months, Jeremy mastered English and has made many friends. He even helped a fellow Spanish-speaking student who also relocated to become more comfortable in his new environment. His kindness inspires those around him, even if it’s in quiet ways.

Sydney Gross, Galileo Gifted School, 8th grade. Sydney believes in the power of uplifting the spirits of others. She noticed how she and her peers often compared themselves to others on social media. This often resulted in low self-esteem, sadness and bullying. Sydney makes a point to always say something uplifting and to spread kindness to mitigate the influence of social media. She wants to inspire people to accept each other for who they truly are. She has started singing and acting so that her true self shines through, and hopes it will help someone else know it is okay for them to be who they truly are.

 Amber Lim—The Master’s Academy, 11th grade. Amber’s passion for clean water for those without it has sparked a movement in her classmates who have been inspired to join her efforts. She recently encouraged a group of high-schoolers to take part in funding a water well in Haiti for children without access to clean water and developed a presentation to increase awareness about water scarcity throughout her school and community. She is working with a number of businesses to explore other fundraising opportunities, and her hard work has resulted in raising a good portion of money for the well. Amber’s efforts, desire, and passion have been a catalyst for change. Her understanding of the epidemic serves as motivation to make a difference.

Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars receive a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Pass for themselves and each member of their immediate family, a special Mickey Mouse statue known as a “Mousecar” and a matching gold medallion commemorating their honor. To further celebrate their incredible achievements, the students and their families will be treated to an Incredible Summer night at Epcot, complete with a dessert party and special fireworks viewing.


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