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8TH GRADE WOOD DALE JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DARE TO DREAM CONFERENCE AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE

The 11th annual Dare to Dream Conference, geared towards preparing young Latinas to further their education, was held at the McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn on Jan. 26. Despite the bitter cold, 278 girls and 232 mothers/parents/mentors were in attendance from schools representing DuPage County, Suburban Cook County, and one from Iowa. The students heard Latina role models speak of their careers and how they dealt with obstacles to achieve their dream of a better life through higher education. They also attended student life panels where they heard from Latina high school panelists and college panelists on their challenges and achievements as well as moments of perseverance. There was also a separate program for moms.

Almost 25 schools attended including: Blackhawk Middle School, Chippewa Middle School, Churchville Middle School, Indian Trail Junior High, and Wood Dale Junior High.