|Jun 04, 2008|
Making a MarkWhat started accidentally soon turned out to be a national movement. In 1981, when businessman Eugene Lang was called to address his elementary school in the inner-city, all he was thinking to tell the students was to work hard. But it was only after learning about the high drop out rates in the school, that he suggested the idea of financing the education of all the students and enable them to pursue their college education. The strategy was highly successful with the drop out rates decreasing immensely. During the ensuing six years, seven of the students moved from the New York area. Of the remaining 54 students, 45 graduated from high school and more than half-attended college. Mr. Langs' success received national media coverage in 1986.
After reading about this hugely successful initiative, Bill and Late Elaine Farrell decided to start a similar program in Dallas as well. Thus Dallas became the first city outside New York to start an ‘I have a Dream’ campaign. The program led to the adoption of first class of almost 1,000 sixth graders in May 1987. The adoption of a second class of 1,000 ‘Dreamers’ was in 1988. Presently, the foundation is headed by a team of directors which comprises of [url=http://www.ihad-dallas.org/ihad_ourboard.htm]David Disiere[/url] of the Deep South Surplus of Texas, Helen M. Dorsey, Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Inc. James W. Loose Galloway-James Inc. and others.
Ever since its beginnings, the program has experienced tremendous success, with more than 750 students that enrolled in institutions of higher learning throughout Texas and the nation. The students have made it to some of the best colleges of the world which include Southern Methodist University, Dallas Baptist University, The University of Dallas, University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, Grambling State University, University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Southern University, Rice University, Langston University, California School of the Arts, Julliard College, Dillard University, Texas A&M-Commerce, Navarro College, Sarah Lawrence, George Washington University, the University of Texas and many more.
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