Dear Katherine Johnson by Nathaly Rodriguez

Dear Katherine Johnson,

Hello! My name is Nathaly Rodriguez, and I go to Ronald H. Brown PS.155Q, I’m currently 11 years old and in the 5th grade. I attend this Saturday program known as the Reach for Success Program.  The Reach for Success Program has been a big influence in my life because of its 4 RICH principles: I matter, I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate of my classmates and others, and last but not least I use thinking strategies for school and life success.

My family came to America from a small country located in South America called El Salvador. My father came here to America at the age of 18 because of the war that was going on.  He had a very difficult life after his first wife abandoned him and her two children Omar and Jancarlos.  My father had no choice but to go back to El Salvador, leaving his two children behind with his mother and father. While my dad was there, he was in luck because that’s where he found true love.

Katherine Johnson’s story matters because it helps inspire others for what they believe in.  For instance, you can never stop fighting for what’s right. It may take longer than you expected to reach your goal, but it’s still worth it at the end. In fact, throughout history it took a while to get what they want. For example, you didn’t allow people to tell you what women of color can and can’t do. But you proved them wrong with all your fascinating accomplishments. Even now, your legacy still lives and will never die.

     As I mentioned before, I attend a Saturday program known as The Reach For Success program and it helps scholars learn more about how to have a goal and how to achieve it.  As well as how to do better in school because of its four RICH principles I matter, I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate of my classmates and others, and last but not least I use thinking strategies for school and life success.  These RICH principles are incredibly helpful because they will guide you all throughout life.

      I for one believe that all throughout your life you used the RICH principle I matter because it helped you keep in mind that you can do anything you want and no one can tell you otherwise. For example, if you want to become a mathematician no one can tell you that you can’t do that.  America is a free country where people can come along way which was exactly what you did.  You inspired many people back then as well as you did  now.

      As you can see, you helped teach others to be a leader and not a follower and to speak up for what’s right, I’d like to thank you Katherine Johnson for teaching me so much more about what it is to be loyal. You helped inspire people all around the globe in your time and I hope your legacy is still living on inspiring others.

Yours Truly,

Nathaly Rodriguez