MHS Dream Factory
By Elizabeth Goodrich
Edited by Rachael Bonia
Are you interested in making a difference in a child’s life? Do you want to help make their dreams come true? If so, Massabesic High’s new club is perfect for you! The MHS Dream Factory, advised by Mrs. Todd, is a fundraising club that raises money for chronically ill kids ages three to eighteen and their families. This money is used to make the child’s dream come true, whether it be a visit from their favorite celebrity or a trip to Disneyland. The goal of this club is to not only make dreams come true, but bring hope and happiness to the families who live with the uncertainty of having a sick loved one.
The Dream Factory has already helped so many kids’ dreams become a reality. Take 4 year-old Maddie, who suffers with Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes weakness and loss of muscle mass. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dream Factory, she was able to visit Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where she was transformed into Elsa, her favorite character from Frozen. Maddie is only one of the many kids whose dreams have been granted by the Dream Factory.
Mrs. Todd explained how the club got started, saying, “They [Emily Morin and Amber Arsenault, two sophomore students] had been wanting to be apart of the Dream Factory organization since middle school, and they found several of their classmates like minded. They asked me to be the Advisor for this new venture as well. Emily and Amber contacted the chairperson of the Portland chapter about incorporating as a club at Massabesic High School.” She added, “Since we are new at this, we haven't been able to be involved as much as we hoped, but we hope to attend more events and participate in more fundraisers in the future.”
When asked about what it’s like to be apart of the club, Amber Arsenault said, “Being in Dream Factory is such a great experience because you get to help children with chronic illness and you get to make their dream come true.” She continued, “You feel good when you make a child’s day. Also, you get to meet so many great people at your school.”
The club already has some fundraising plans in action as the holidays approach, but needs all the help they can get. On Saturday, November 25th, Haven’s Candies in Westbrook will hold a candy-making event to benefit the Dream Factory (see attached below for more information). You can also support Dream Factory by shopping online using AmazonSmile and choosing Dream Factory as the beneficiary. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase price just by you typing in smile.amazon.com. They have a lot of dreams to grant, so any and all funds are greatly appreciated!
The club’s next meeting is December 15th during advisory in room 25. Anyone who is interested in joining is encouraged to attend, as they are always open to new members. For more information, contact the club’s president, Amber Arsenault at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dream Factory is a wonderful opportunity for any student looking to make a difference.
The Dream Factory’s Website:http://dreamfactoryinc.org/chapters/portlandmaine/