"The thing I've always wanted to do most was take my students to Disneyland," Ms. Quinney said.
Most of Ms. Quinney's students at Crockett Elementary don't get the chance to experience life outside of their inner city neighborhood in Houston. For once, she said she wanted to give her students an opportunity to be childlike. "Just one day away to do something that they really, really like would help them to forget about all the sadness that's going on in their little lives," she said. "They're worried about problems that grown-ups have, and kids shouldn't have to go through that. They should enjoy being young and carefree, but they're not."
After Ms. Quinney and her students took a jet to California, their fun-filled day began with a trip to Sleeping Beauty's castle and a visit from Mickey. Oprah and the children took some teacups out for a spin, flew with Dumbo, and ended the day with the Parade of Dreams.
"Today's the most fun I ever had in my entire life," one student said.