McDonald’s Restaurants of central Indiana announced April 18 that 17 area students have been selected as Millennium Dreamers in a world-wide program honoring young people for their outstanding contributions to the community.

To celebrate the new millennium, McDonald’s and Disney searched world to identify 2000 young people who are making a difference in their communities. An adult community leader nominated the students and each submitted an essay describing their community service activities.

McDonald’s and Disney officially announced the 2,000 Millennium Dreamers from the United Nations mid-March. Central Indiana Millennium Dreamers will join the remaining world-wide Millennium Dreamers at a special recognition event at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida May 8 – 10, 2000. The Millennium Dreamers will share their inspirational stories withthe world and participate in an interactive symposium at the Disney Institute on “Kids Inspiring Kids.”

Central Indiana Millennium Dreamers, the communities they represent and their grades are as follows: Melissa Mitchell, Bargersville, grade 6; Kristy Nolan, Brownstown, grade 6; Caroline Luu, Carmel, grade 3; Joshua Grizzell, Carthage, grade 3; Andrew Kidd, Fishers, grade 4; Ryan Neal, Indianapolis, grade 10; Cameron Kinch, Marion, grade 5; and Robert Douglas, grade 3; Heather Everly grade 3; Jimi Giles, grade 5; Kelly Goodwin grade 5; Adam Lord, grade 5; Tyler Love, grade 3; Keegan Lucas, grade 5; Kristen Moore, grade 5; Jennifer Nestleroad, grade 6; Camey Terry, grade 3; all of Lafeyette.

The Millennium Dreamers program was produced in association with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and is one of the largest and most far-reaching programs of its kind, recognizing children from some 100 countries around the globe.

Young people between the ages of 8 and 15 were eligible to participate in the Millennium Dreamers program. Nomination forms were distributed via elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States; select national children’s organizations including Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, YWCA, National Latino Children’s Institute, NAACP and National Urban League; McDonald’s and Disney Web sites; and at participating McDonald’s restaurants worldwide.

Independent judging panels from participating countries around the world selected the final 2,000 ambassadors, based on the creativity, inspirational value and impact on the contribution to the community and beyond.

McDonald’s Corporation and The Walt Disney Company are global alliance partners in an exclusive 10-year multi-divisional, multinational relationship.

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