King Day Momentum Grows: Dreams of a World Without Gun Violence

On Tuesday this week, hundreds gathered at Girard College in Philadelphia for a press conference and preview of this year’s King Day of Service in Philadelphia, hosted by Global Citizen.

Dreamline is the featured service project for that event. Dream Booths will be distributed across Philadelphia with Dreamline Banners about a world without gun violence. Samples of some great news coverage below:

Channel 6

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Dreamline Selected as Feature Service Project for 2019 Philadelphia King Day Event

This year in our home city of Philadelphia, Dreamline is partnering with Global Citizen, a local community service organizer. Dreamline has been selected as the Feature Service Project for Global Citizen’s King Day Event on January 21, 2019 with an expected attendance of 5,000 people who come to serve and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dream Booth

The theme of the event this year is A World Without Gun Violence. Hundreds of volunteers will be creating Dreamline banners with their dreams of a world without gun violence. They will also be creating portable, free-standing Dreamline exhibition structures called Dream Booths, each one displaying 50 Dreamline banners with dreams on one side and values on the other. Each Dreamline Booth will also contain a shelf on which a box, memorializing a individual who died of gun violence recently, will rest.

These will be packed up at the end of the event and sent to sites around the city where they will be on display for the next few months.  If your school or group is in the Philadelphia region and you would like to be considered as a host site for a World Without Gun Violence Dream Booth, click here for more information and the signup form. If you’d like to volunteer for Dreamline at the event, click here.  (Select “helping in other ways” on the form. )

We’ll keep you posted on how it goes. This kind of program could be done anywhere with Dreamline banners!

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Sanford Teacher Award to Shannon Kline for Dreamline Work

I met Shannon Kline last spring when she came to Philadelphia with the team from the amazingly inspirational Anson Jones Elementary in Dallas, Texas, USA. ( May 5 :The Real Story) It was so thrilling to learn that her exceptional work in collaboration with fellow teacher Candice Lindsay is being recognized by this group who recognized one teacher from each state.  –Jeffrey Harlan

The following is an excerpt from

Characteristics of an Inspirational Teacher


  • Teachers who go the extra mile to ensure that all students are seen, heard, and given the opportunity to become their best selves.
  • Teachers who understand that no two students are alike, and can find learning strategies to accommodate every student who enters their classroom.
  • Teachers who lead by example, and deliver a true passion for knowledge that will extend far beyond the classroom walls.

These are the teachers we need. These are the teachers we find to be truly inspiring.

Shannon Kline
2nd Grade Teacher
Anson Jones Elementary School
Dallas, Texas

Shannon Kline is the second inaugural Sanford Teacher Award recipient to be announced, and she was chosen for her commitment to creating positive classroom environments that support students’ development and academic growth. She is an inspiration to students, teachers, and families in the community she serves. She began her career 10 years ago at a private preschool that focused solely on social and emotional development before entering kindergarten. In 2014, she transitioned to public school and began teaching in Dallas ISD.

Kline’s student population rarely travels outside their immediate neighborhood. To inspire her students to think beyond their immediate environment, Kline embarked on partnering with the art teacher two years ago to bring the Dreamline Project to the entire school. The Dreamline project is an international organization that fosters children dreaming of how to better the world. The students write poetry in their classroom and then put the poetry on an artwork flag. For two years, Kline and the art teacher motivated the entire campus to partake in inspiring each student to dream. Then, through fundraising and some out-of-pocket expense, Kline and two other teachers, along with campus administration, gathered all the students’ flags and took them to the yearly kick-off in Philadelphia. The students’ flags flew in the National Constitution Center before being packed up and shipped across the globe to fly in other countries. The impact of the project on her students brought them to tears, just knowing others were experiencing their dreams around the world.

The passion Kline has for SEL is apparent in every aspect of her career. She is the SEL Champion of her campus and was responsible for launching the DISD model of SEL to the whole staff at her school. She is a passionate advocate of social emotional learning through the Sanford Harmony program, working closely with other teachers, parents, and students to create a positive school environment.


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Listen to This!

One of my all-time favorite poets wrote the famous phrase, “For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”, and I believe he meant that without dreams, we cannot go anywhere. We cannot do what we are meant to do. Yet, how many school experiences actively engage students in dreaming? Did you hear those students? They are actively engaged in dreaming by their teachers.

When we teach our students the habit of dreaming, of looking to the future, we teach a habit that will serve them all their lives. Our new Dreamline program gives teachers the structure and support to do that AND it links dreams with values. When we accomplish that, we get what I call “power dreams.” Not dreams about power, but dreams that power us, that make us keep going.

If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you visit our new Facebook page @DreamlineB , Follow it, and post something about how important it is to hear these students’ voices and how we want their chorus to be millions strong. Thanks!

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