Dear Norma Miller by Kayla Grant

Dear Norma Miller,

My name is Kayla Grant. I am 13 years old and I am an 8th grader at JHS 157 Stephen A. Halsey in Rego Park. I attend a program every Saturday called Reach for Success. I have been attending this program for 4 years. This program uses 4 important principles to help us in school and everyday life. These 4 principles are: I matter, I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate of my classmates and others, and I use thinking strategies for school and life success. These principles have helped me have more confidence in myself over the years. I really enjoy attending this program.

Ms. Miller, I chose to write about you for many different reasons. You have many dancing accomplishments. By the age of 15, you became the youngest member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. You were hospitalized for a while as well, but no matter how much obstacles you faced, you still kept dancing. I’ve been dancing for a while and since I saw all you have accomplished from dancing, made me want to keep dancing. You also have a profession in comedy. Even in the comedy profession, you did very well and never gave up. Everything that came to you had a challenge, but you thought it was really easy.

The Reach for Success program personally has helped me gain confidence in my writing and in school. Before coming to this program I was very shy and didn’t have good grades in writing. But after coming to the program, I am now able to write better, maintain a 90 and above in all of my classes and I gained a lot more confidence, with knowing I matter. I use the Reach for Success principles every day. I am also able to present in front of people with a lot of confidence in my speaking. I use these principles mostly maintain good grades so I can stay on the gold honor roll at my school. I mostly use the principle I use thinking strategies for school and life success, so I can find new ways to study and get good grades on my test and maintain them so I can be successful one day. I also use the principle I matter because I am more confident in my work than before.

Throughout your life you have used many of these RICH principles. But the one that I think you used the most was I matter. I mostly think that you used this RICH principle because at the age of 15, you became the youngest member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and you toured Europe for seven months. After the tour you were ill for a while and were hospitalized, that didn’t stop you. After regaining your strength, you continued to dance with the lindy hoppers. You toured around the nation, Europe, and danced in a motion picture. After your dance career was done you had started to find a spark in comedy. You toured Vietnam as a solo comedy act.

In conclusion, Ms. Miller, I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to never give up. I learned from you that to get to big places you have to have confidence. Just by reading about all of your accomplishments, makes me want to do even better than I’m doing now. Once again I want to thank you for inspiring me to do better and try harder.

Kayla Grant