"Just one day away to do something that they really, really like and would help them to forget about all the sadness that's going on in their little lives," Ms. Quinney says. Crockett Charter Elementary is an inner-city school where many parents are struggling just to make ends meet and children bear the brunt of some very harsh realities.
"Some of the pain that they feel I felt when I was a kid," says Ms. Quinney, who also grew up in a very low-income neighborhood. "They're worried about problems that grown-ups have committed and kids shouldn't have to go through that. They should enjoy being young and carefree."
That's why Ms. Quinney hopes her first-grade students will be granted a wildest dream adventure.
"The first time I ever went to Disneyland, I was an adult," she says. "And I had a wonderful time. So I can imagine how much fun it would be for kids. I thought, 'Well, God, Oprah loves kids. She loves doing things for children. So this might be a great opportunity!'"