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Dreaming in Disney

Amity Paye | 4/12/2011, 4:44 p.m.

"We shopped, we went to different parks, we looked around, we ate a lot," said Hunter's mom Shereice Hunter. "But this was just a great experience for the kids." Murray-Thomas' mom, Iana Murray, agreed and said, "I'm almost at a loss for words in terms of trying to capture all the different things that it was for my daughter. It was sad, it was happy, it was optimistic, it was hopeful--it was a lot of different things." While dreamers benefited from the weekend's inspirational speakers, their parents did too, and Murray said the experience gave her the push she needed to pursue her dream of getting her doctorate.

As the weekend came to a close, many dreamers and their parents were reminded of one message, "The secret to making your dreams come true is not deciding what you want to get, it's about deciding who you want to serve," said Sprinkles, a motivational speaker who was later voted the most inspirational speaker of the weekend.

Murray-Thomas took this calling to heart and said she already plans to speak to other girls in Newark about her experiences, forwarding all the messages she was given last weekend on to other young members of her community. "I'm from Newark, New Jersey, and I want to bring all of this back home with me. I'm ready," she told Raven-Symone and all who attended the final commencement ceremony for the 2011 Dreamers Academy.