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Dream MORE @ Thurgood Marshall Middle School (Lynn)

Lynn Public Schools and LEAP are partnering to implement a free after-school and summer program at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (TMMS) called Dream MORE (Marshall Opportunities for Resilience and Education) for Lynn students in grades 6 – 8.

This program was made possible through a Wellington Catalyst gift awarded to LEAP for Education in December, 2019. The program will initially be funded through the Catalyst gift and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Access to Quality Afterschool and Summer grant funding.


Fall 2020 – Registration is now open!

Starting in October 19, the Dream MORE afterschool program will offer enrichment, education support, career exploration, and opportunities for students to develop social emotional skills. The Fall program will target English Learners at all levels to accelerate their acquisition of English and help prepare them for high school. The program will operate remotely online Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM.


3:00-4:00 Enrichment classes in the arts, engineering/design, and health/fitness
4:00-4:30 Group games
4:30-5:30 Homework/School Assignment Support (with small group and individual assistance available)

Dream MORE Students Create Blog to Introduce the Lynn Community

The first Summer 2020 Program was a big hit! Dream MORE started with a small pilot that served 30 English Language Learners (EL) in an online program with live, virtual sessions twice a day, 3 days a week for 5 weeks.

Check out the blog that the students created from their exploration of the Lynn community and testimonials about the experience below.


Wanntha S.
Site Coordinator

Hilary K.
Senior Director of Middle School Programs
978-740-6667 ext. 124


A planning group composed of Lynn students, parents, government officials, educators, community organizations, business people and other interested Lynn residents has come together to provide input and ideas on this new afterschool and summer program.  Others are welcome to join the group which will continue discussions in the fall.

Next Meeting: TBD


Dream MORE Zoom Class Picture

“We get to interact with and interview different people – that’s my favorite part. It’s pretty cool to interview people with interesting jobs and learn about what they do!”

– Roisy P., Student at Thurgood Marshall Middle School attending Dream MORE, Summer 2020

Sarah-McKenna Dream MORE

“The DREAM MORE virtual summer program offers English Learners an opportunity to improve their English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through interactive interviews with local community members. Through these interviews students are introduced to other successful adults in their local community and potential future career paths while simultaneously building stronger relationships with their teachers and peers. Students also have an opportunity to develop their technology skills and practice problem solving skills in order to be able to efficiently navigate the world virtually.”

– Sarah McKenna,, Dream MORE Lead Teacher, Summer 2020

Molly Cohen Principal of Thurgood Marshall Middle School

“After months of planning and collaboration between LEAP staff, Thurgood Marshall Middle School teachers and the community, the Dream MORE program kicked off on July 7th in a virtual format. Thirty-four English learners are learning important English language and computer literacy skills, which will prepare them for their return to school this fall. We can’t wait for our students to share their experiences!”

– Molly Cohen, Principal of Thurgood Marshall Middle School

What is LEAP for Education’s Role?

LEAP for Education, Inc. is working with the Lynn Public Schools to act as Program and Academic Coordinator for the after-school program at Marshall Middle School. As Program Coordinator, LEAP will work with the site supervisor to assure that all the grant requirements are being met and that the academic quality, enrollment, attendance and assessments meet the high standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.