A Child with a Dream is a Child with a Future - Wintley Phipps, Founder

Dream Cities | Washington, DC

Turner Elementary School
3264 Stanton Road, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20032
Phone: (202) 645-3470
Fax: (888) 562-3141
Learning Center Director
Evroy Marrett
emarrettatusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Kyle Bacon
kbaconatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

The 2nd Annual US Dream Academy Read-a-thon exceeded all expectations at the Washington D.C. Learning Center this year. As a center we surpassed our goal, reading well over 125,000 minutes over ten weeks. With a grand total of 155,000 minutes, we would like to congratulate our top readers- 5th grader Me’Khiya with 101.4 hours, 6th grader Donshanay with 102.8 hours, 4th grader D’Jada with 114.8 hours, 4th grader Samia with 115 hours, 5th grader Andrea with 116 hours, and our top reader- 6th grader Donnay with 126.9 hours!

The Read-a-thon kicked off on October 1stwith songs and dances about reading. Week by week went by and students continued to read every day in the classroom, learning center, and at home. Students recorded their reading in a reading log and the top readers each week and month were rewarded for their excellence. The attitude, enthusiasm, and momentum forward were consistent each week! Each one of our 34 participants at the DC learning center made a valuable contribution to helping us exceed our reading goal. The attitude and hard work of each Dream Kid speaks loud and clear in the fight for literacy across the nation.

Mentors, volunteers, and visitors also played a crucial role in the success of the Read-a-thon! Whether they were helping a student with their Achieve3000 article, reading with them individually, or with a small group, we can’t thank our mentors and volunteers enough for all of their contributions. Students enjoy reading more and learn more from their reading when there is an adult there to guide them along the way.   Thank you to all the mentors that came into the center and supported their mentee and the learning center in the read-a-thon! During the final week of the read-a-thon, we had a special group of visitors from NASDAQ that came into the center to read with small groups of Dream Kids. Students loved meeting new faces and appreciated the energy and helpfulness each visitor brought to reading.

The Read-a-thon serves the purpose to promote reading within our learning center and as a fundraiser for our program. With donations alone, our center raised nearly $1,000. Additionally, over the past 10 weeks students have been bringing in all the loose change they can find for Penny Wars. Dream Kids were divided into three teams and the group with the most change at the end of the read-a-thon has been promised an awesome reward! Way to go Dream Kids for supporting your program and getting excited about reading!



Our History in Washington, DC

The Learning Center at Ferebee Hope was the inaugural Learning Center site.  The center was commissioned in March of 2000 with an address by President Bill Clinton. Ferebee Hope Community School is located in the 8th Ward, south of Anacostia, in the southeast section of the nation’s capital.   The school serves approximately 300 students in grades PreK-5 and will add grade 6 for the 2009-10 academic year.  With support from the 21st Century grant, DALC, in partnership with Communities in School for the Nations Capital is able to provide a state of the art model for afterschool programming for the children of southeast DC.  The recreational resources offered at Ferebee Hope are a direct result of community activism to foster both positive social and physical activity for the children of the Washington Highland community of southeast, DC. 

About Our Staff

Learning Center Director

Evroy Marrett, a native of Orlando Florida is the Center Director in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Marrett attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism.  Mr. Marrett has 6 years experience in combined youth development and customer service relations including serving as the Community Service Chair of Iota Phi Theta, Inc. and Recreation Assistant at Frontline Outreach.  Mr. Marrett has experience providing academic instruction, team-building activities and leadership skills for underserved and incarcerated teenagers providing them with realistic hope of their future endeavors by talking to them about life plans and short/long-term goals upon their release.  

Mentor Coordinator

Kyle Bacon serves the D.C. center as the Mentor Coordinator.  Mr. Bacon is well acquainted with D.C. having graduated in 2003 with a BBA from Howard University School of Business.  Mr. Bacon has vast experience working with youth having served as an Intervention Specialist at Vision for Youth in Springfield Ohio as well as an Assistant Instructor for the Bullis School. Mr. Bacon is passionate about seeing youth in at-risk circumstances succeed.  In his time working for the Springfield City Schools, Mr. Bacon provided one on one and small group intervention to over 200 at-risk potential drop outs resulting in a 97% success rate in meeting standardized testing scores.

Our Washington, DC Partners in the Dream

Brave Heart Entrepreneurial Youth Camp

Capital Cause

D.C. Cares

Foundation Center

Jewish Community Center of D.C.

Upcoming Events

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