Dream Big!

Mary Jo Dyre
Murphy, North Carolina
Founder and director of the Learning Center!, 31

Her dream:
"I want to change the way kids think about nutrition," says Dyre, the founder and director of a primary school called the Learning Center!, which opened in 1983. Dyre describes lunches at the school as unappealing, full of preservatives and high in cholesterol. "The caterers do the best they can on a small budget. But pizza and French fries in one meal?" Her dream is to start a garden and kitchen where students can grow and prepare healthy, delicious food while they're learning about nature and nutrition. She'd also like to create a bakery at the school and use the profits to support the program. Dyre has a site for the garden and kitchen; all she needs is some expert advice.