April 8..

April 8, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

MCC, DREAM partner to bring more than 6,000 free books to area kids

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College and DREAM brought more than 6,000 books to four area schools on Friday, April 8. Central Park Elementary, Hartman Elementary, Miller Park Elementary and Howard Kennedy Elementary hosted students and families who could pick out up to three books.

“We were happy to be part of the book giveaway by DREAM this year. We believe literacy is a key component to achieving academic success. Possessing good reading skills starts at an early age. If we can get young students excited about reading, it will help propel them towards a better adult life,” said Stacey Ocander, dean of health and public services.
The book giveaway is part of a series of events that aims to give back to the community. DREAM will host a Kickoff Party on Thursday, April 14 at Champions Run, Bowling to Build Dreams on Friday, April 15 at The MARK, and the Blur Red & White Tailgate on Saturday, April 16 at the University of Nebraska’s football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For more information about DREAM events, visit

About DREAM:

DREAM provides a life-changing team mentoring approach to at-risk youth in Omaha, Nebraska, and Springfield, Missouri. This proven approach puts children in a comfortable setting where they’re encouraged to discuss, learn and grow as individuals. DREAM is proud to have multiple programs to help area youth and their families.


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.