Classroom calm quickly erupts into celebration when the world’s most famous mouse stops by for a visit. Yesterday, I had the treat of seeing this play out at several schools in Central Florida as Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney World prize patrol made the rounds to honor some outstanding local students.
Teachers, school officials, family and friends are in on these magical moments, which recognize, reward and completely surprise students chosen as Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars.
Some have overcome incredible personal challenges. Others have helped family members live better lives. All Shining Stars serve as an inspiration to others and have a compassionate spirit. Click the video to see some special highlights.
Approximately 400 students were chosen as 2011 Disney Dreamers and Doers from applications submitted by elementary, middle and high schools in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. From those students, a panel of judges selected 15 Shining Stars, which they consider to be the best of the best.
In addition to a visit from Mickey and the prize patrol, Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars receive a Mickey Mouse statue, Walt Disney World annual passes for themselves and their immediate families, a gold medallion and a special day of fun and learning at Walt Disney World on June 18. All Disney Dreamers and Doers receive four theme park tickets, a certificate and a bronze medallion.
Now entering its 28th year, more than 11,500 students have been recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers.