Dear Katherine Johnson by Sage Rajkumar

Spring 2017

Dear Katherine Johnson,

Hi! My name is Sage Rajkumar, and I go to Ronald H. Brown PS 155 Q. I am 10 years old, and I am getting ready to go to middle school. I have just started the RICH organization’s program called the Reach for Success Program. I am one hundred percent certain that you don’t know what this program means. Well it’s about helping you to respect yourself and others, and to help you in school using the four principles listed: I matter, I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate for my classmates, and last but not least, I use thinking strategies for school and life success. This program has been helping me.

I wonder why Dr. Dawson chose to write about you. Well there are many reasons why I think she picked you from my knowledge. Well I know you were born in 1918. You also showed a real huge passion for math as well. We also know that you graduated high school at the age of fourteen and started college at age fifteen. You had graduated at age 18. At that time you wanted to become a researcher mathematician which was a blocked path for many African Americans including you because of racism and the negativity. Well however, you didn’t care and you fought those obstacles away which you have conquered, you kept on fighting to get that job no matter what was in your way. You have given me the passion towards fighting for my rights and can become anything I want. Many people need you as an example of life because you worked hard, and you showed many people including me that with hard work you can accomplish anything you want.

As you know I am Sage Rajkumar. I had started this program at York College about a year ago and came every Saturday. When I started this program, I was really shy and I had to improve on my math and writing. I was a level three student at both subjects. After the first semester, I had improved tremendously, getting a level four on both subjects. The RICH program helped me accomplish this by making me remembering these principles that I use in everyday life. I matter is the most important one that I use because it makes me remember to be confident and to make me know that I can do it and I am capable of doing that. I come from a culture called Hinduism, and that has many celebrations to respect the lord. I am not familiar with all the Gods and what they symbolize. My favorite subject is writing because it makes us express our feelings and makes you elaborate on your ideas. But my hobby is that I love playing on my PlayStation and coding on my tablet. My favorite color is blue because it reminds me of the black and summer sky. My favorite animal is a polar bear because it looks appealing. My favorite movie is Tyler Perry Madea Goes to Jail because of the suspense and the actions of what the characters do. My favorite season is winter because I cuddle up in my bed and because of Christmas. Last but not least, my favorite book series is Harry Potter. This is all about me.

My mom is from Trinidad. She came here by plane as an immigrant. An immigrant is a person that comes from another country. She came here because her parents thought that she had many opportunities and would live a better life. Well her parents were right because now my mom is a babysitter in the city and goes to college. My dad is from Guyana. He had moved to Miami at the age of ten with his dad. Then after 8 years, his mom went to American and so did he. So as you can see my parents are from the Caribbean which makes me a Caribbean child or boy.

There are many ways of how the RICH program is helping me respect my culture and others. The RICH principle “I matter” helps me stay confident and makes me think that I can do anything that I am apart of anything and I am a big part of the word. The other principle that I mainly use to respect other cultures is “I am responsible for my behavior”. This helps me know that I shouldn’t make fun of people’s religion and where they came from because I pretend how I would feel if I was getting made fun of. So I think the RICH program is being a big influence on me and makes me change my actions from how I was before.

There are many ways the RICH program is teaching me how to respect myself. The main principle for this is “I matter”. This principle teaches me to love myself no matter what other people think about me. Many people don’t respect my culture because of our celebration and think that it doesn’t have a purpose, but it does to my culture. Also, I know that I don’t feel left out because those people who disrespect our culture has other traditions that doesn’t seem to make joke of. This is how the RICH program is helping me respect myself.

There are many ways how the RICH program is making me be a leader in school. Many people in my school don’t have any etiquette at all. They’re just bullies who don’t care about anything. They say they would fail and so will I, and they have no confidence and doesn’t believe in anything. They just keep on doing bad and failing. Well another thing that makes me a leader is that people bully others which I do not because they might bully me, but I just ignore them because they’re just jealous! As I would say. Also, I stand up for people who are getting bullied.

Well as you can see there are many ways how you inspired me Mrs. Johnson. You had inspired me because you had taught me that anything is possible if you just put work into it. Many people need you has an example because many people including myself sometimes give up easily but you had never given up to get that job and that gives me confidence to keep on trying, and you will get what you wanted to accomplish. Her job that she wanted to get was a blocked path for many African Americans, but she had kept on fighting to get that job and eventually she did. This gave everyone courage to fight for their rights and make things equal and fair like how we live today.



Sincerely,

Sage Rajkumar

Dear Katherine Johnson by Parbatti Boodhoo

Spring 2017

Dear Katherine Johnson,

Hello! My name is Parbatti Boodhoo and I go to Ronald H. Brown School PS.155Q. I’m currently 11 years old and in the 5th grade. I currently attend a wonderful program called the Reach for Success Program that is held on Saturdays. The Reach for Success Program has changed my life by making me more confident and getting better grades in school through the 4 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 Success.

My ancestors like my great grandparents came from India and then Guyana, which was where I was born. My parents came from Guyana to America. It was very hard for my dad because he was the first from my family to come here and he had a brain tumor. So that meant he couldn’t see for the whole flight. Then, after a year or so my dad came back and he was fine, but to this day he still has it. When I turned 3, my mom and I came to America.

Mrs. Katherine Johnson your story matters so much because it inspires me to know that girls can do as much as boys can. For example, in science or math you mostly see men who made a lot of discoveries, but your story reminds me that girls can do the same thing and beyond. Also, I love that you have inspired me and others that you can do anything that you put your mind to.

The Reach for Success program is training me to respect myself because we have RICH principles such as I Matter that helps me believe in myself. The Reach for Success program is training me to respect other cultures because when we use the RICH principles like I Matter and I am Responsible for my Behavior it shows me that everyone is equal and we should respect one another.

The RICH principles has helped me become a leader in school because they have helped me become more calm about certain things. For example, when I get mad, the RICH principles have helped me calm down and take a breath and not overreact. The RICH principles have changed my life for the better and I am glad I learned about them.

Mrs. Katherine Johnson you have inspired me about equality between different races and gender and cultures. You have showed me that all races and cultures and/or different inequalities should be treated the same. Thank you Mrs. Katherine Johnson for the inspiring words.

Sincerely,

Parbatti Boodhoo

Dear Katherine Johnson by Nathaly Rodriguez

Spring 2017

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

Dear Katherine Johnson by Nadia Adram

Spring 2017

Dear Ms. Katherine Johnson,

Hi my name is Nadia Adram and I go to Ronald H. Brown P.S. 155Q. I am 10 years old and I am going to middle school in September (The same month as my birthday!). I just started the RICH program or the Reach for Success program. You are probably really confused about what this is. Well, the RICH program is about helping kids respect all cultures. This program is based off of four principles. The principles are “I matter,” “I am responsible for my behavior,” “I am considerate of my classmates and others,” and finally “I use thinking strategies for school and life success.” This program follows these 4 principles, and helps kids respect others.

My family came to America from Guyana, a small country in South America. It was very hard for them to get here. I’ve never been to Guyana but my mom’s parents visit there a lot on vacation. It was hard for my mom to get here, while my dad and my uncle got here pretty easily. My uncle is my mom’s brother. My parents had to live in a few different houses in a few different states but only bought a house here in New York. A little later after my parents came, my mom’s parents came here easily and just recently my dad’s parents who are just here on a visit. However to get over here you have to get a visa if you are from or live in Guyana.

Ms. Katherine Johnson, you matter to me for many reasons. I am inspired by you because you are a NASA mathematician and math and astrology are some of my favorite subjects. NASA is a company that does astronomy or the study of space.  A mathematician is a person who does math. I’m really good at math and right now I’m learning 6th grade math work. Some of it is a little tricky but because I already knew some things in the work it was pretty easy for me. I was and am still  fascinated by the wonders of space. I know about all of the planets in our solar system and their moons.

Also you matter to me because I am going to be going to middle school next year and I got into a really strict but good school. It is Scholars Academy. I went to an interview, and a few weeks later I got a letter saying I was accepted. That school is really hard to get into but I did it with the encouragement from my teachers. You inspire me to do well in math and astronomy because my dream career needs math, and it is fun to explore the stars of our universe. Also, when I get good grades on my report card, the grades go to my records and the records go to Scholars Academy. When they do, I hope the good grades will impress them. Then I will be able to make my family proud.

The Reach for Success program is teaching me to respect others’ culture in many ways. The principle “I matter” helps me stay confident and leaves me with that “can do” attitude.“I use thinking strategies for school and life success” helps me remember that I have strategies to help me through tough times. “I am responsible for my behavior” tells me that it is wrong to do certain things and finally “I am considerate for my behavior” tells me that I shouldn’t judge other people without actually knowing them. This is exactly what the RICH program is all about so I am really proud that I am learning and using all these principles so I could uphold the RICH sprite.

The RICH program is teaching me to respect my culture because sometimes we can’t understand when our holidays for our religion are because America celebrates the holiday the same day as India while Guyana celebrates it the day after. Also there’s this holiday where I have to fast for nine days. Fasting is when I can not eat chicken, fish, and eggs. I don’t like that holiday at all but because of RICH, I can use the principle “I use thinking strategies for school and life success” and I can eat other foods I like such as mac and cheese.

Ms. Johnson you inspire me because I will study astronomy when I grow up even though it will have nothing to do with my dream career, and I am already really good at math. If I were to make this world a place where everyone is respected, I would start with a meeting in the park for every neighborhood and let them talk things through, and  I would keep doing that until everyone become friends. Ms. Johnson, according to me you used the principle “I matter” because you had many tough times in your life and i’m pretty sure it was hard to find out about things you never knew at all. I would like to thank you for inspiring me and I am sure you’re inspiring other people too. Thank you!   

Sincerely,

Nadia Adram

Hello David Blackwell by Joshua Alleyne

Spring 2016

Hello David Blackwell my name is Joshua Alleyne, I am 12 years old. I go to ps155 Ronald H. Brown School and I am in 5th grade. The Reach for Success program is a program that helps kids be successful.  It helps kids improve their grades in school and helps kids change their ways. I had found out about Reach into Cultural Heights because Ms.Kurs told me about it. This program has 4 principles that help kids reach success. The 4 principals are I matter, I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate of my classmates and others, and the last principle is I use thinking strategies for school and life success. In my opinion this program means success because ever since I started the reach for success program I was doing well in school. The purpose of this program is to help kids do well in school.

My favorite sport is basketball but I also like soccer too. I like to play games on my ps4 system. The game that I like the most on my ps4 is fifa 16. I like learning new things and doing new and fun activities. In school my favorite subject is mathematics. When I grow up I want to be a doctor and help the sick. I enjoy assisting others when they need help. The reason I chose you David Blackwell is because you are a mathematician and I like mathematics. I also chose you David Blackwell because you were the first and only African American member of the National Academy of science.

The Reach for Success program is a program you go to on Saturdays. In the Reach for Success program kids write their reflective writing. The reflective writing is when kids write about how we used the principles that week. Also in the reach for success program we learn what something is and what it is not like. For Example, we learned what being responsible is and what being responsible is not. I am using the Rich program principles to help me succeed in school by being responsible, putting forth my best, and being considerate to my classmates and others.

One of the principles my elder used was I matter because he always maintained a positive attitude.  Also when he was 6 he knew how to read his first novel, other kids picked on him but he still continued to do well in school. Also he was identified in an article three times this shows I matter because he worked hard and putted in his best effort and got into the article 3 times.

David Blackwell you inspired me because even though you had some racial problems in your life you continued to work and strive until you achieved the goal you wanted. That has inspired me to keep trying until I reach my academic and personal goals in life, after what you have done I learned that I could use the principle I matter to help me with the problems and struggles I have in life. David Blackwell I want to thank you for inspiring me because you taught me a great lesson in life.

Sincerely,

Joshua Alleyne
April 16,2016

Dear Derrick A. Bell Jr. by Imani Kirlew

Spring 2016

Dear Derrick A. Bell Jr,

My name is Imani Kirlew and I am 14 years old.  I go to Memorial Junior High and I’m in the 9th grade. Every Saturday for the past 5 years I have been going to a program called Reach for Success. This program teaches students the importance of believing in yourself, being responsible, being kind and valuing others and using your school and life knowledge for everyday purposes. This program teaches us this by using the four principles 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. This program has been helping me build my confidence and courage for many years and I really enjoy it.

Mr. Bell Jr, I have chosen to write about you for many reasons.  You have accomplished many things in life such as being a counsel in the NAACP as well as serving as the executive director of the Western Center of Law and Poverty at the University of Southern California Law School. You have accomplished many other things in your early life. The main reason I chose to write about you was because you were involved in law and trying to make people realize that there should be more equality. I’ve been dreaming about having a career concerning law. Such as being a police officer, a FBI or a lawyer. Law has always fascinated me and since your life was full of law and order and showing people what is right I have chosen to write about your life.

You were born on November 6, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You were born to Derrick Sr. who ran a trash removal company and to Ada Bell. You graduated from Schenley High School and received a scholarship to Lincoln University, but couldn’t attend because of the lack of financial aid. Instead, you attended and graduated Duquesne University and earned an A.B in 1952. After you graduated, you had to fight in Korea as the U.S Air force.  When you returned from Korea you had a goal. You wanted to become a civil rights lawyer. You went to the University of Pittsburgh and Law and received a L.L.B. You were a very good lawyer because you worked very hard on school desegregation cases and civil rights issues.  The job was so dangerous; you sometimes needed a guard to keep you safe from getting shot.

You had many job opportunities. Before attending Harvard, you were a deputy director of Civil Rights in the department of Health, Education and Welfare.  You were also an executive director of the Western Center of Law and Poverty at the University of Southern California Law School. Even though you studied law and did many jobs as a lawyer and director, you also wrote several books. Your books were sometimes made into movies. Some of your books now are used as textbooks for students at school.  A couple of years later your wife, Jewel Hairston Bell died from breast cancer. Many awards were given to you as a memorial for your wife.

Like I said earlier, I go to a program called Reach for Success. I learned four principles, I Matter, I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate for my classmates and other and I use thinking strategies for school and life success, that have helped me become more confident and courageous. I believe that you used some of those principles in your life. I think you used the R.I.C.H principle I matter. You fought in what you believed in and even found a career to match your beliefs. Even though you needed a guard to protect for all of the hurtful crimes that people were doing to you, you still stood strong and continued your dreams. Knowing that you mattered made you a stronger person and made a confident person. I believed that the principle I matter really helped you in life.

Derrick A Bell Jr. you really inspired me that is why I decided to write about you. You fought for what’s right and you never gave up no matter what. You were a great lawyer and you accomplished many things in life. One day I’ll follow your step in getting an occupation in law.

Sincerely,

Imani Kirlew

4/16/16

Dear Alice Coachman by Ian Karim

Spring 2016

Dear Alice Coachman,

Hi. My Name is Ian Karim. I am 11 years old and I go to P.S.155Q. I am in fifth grade and I am a R.I.C.H student. I was introduced to the R.I.C.H by my teacher- M.s Gordon. The R.I.C.H program is made out principles that you have to follow. These principles are I matter, using thinking strategies for school, and life success and I am responsible for my behavior and my classmates and others.

Alice Coachman, there are many reasons why I picked you. One reason is because you love sports like me. I love to play soccer, baseball, and track. Another reason I picked you was because of your confidence. I remember you saying that when you were little, the boys use to say that they could beat you but, to race them and beat them. You had a lot of confidence to race them. Also, the last reason is that you had a lot of bravery. In your time there was a lot of racism. There were people who had called you many words that must of hurt your feelings but, you had bravery to stand up for your race. You had to withstand all of the mean stuff that they said and go to the Olympics and win the gold medal. I really do admire you because of that.

Alice, on the 29th of July 1948 you won the Olympic gold medal for track and field. You were born on November 9, 1923 and went to Tuskegee Institute High School. You also had to overcome your parents belief that you should focus your energies on a more ‘’lady like’’ path instead of pursuing your desire to become an athlete. You also convinced them to allow you to attend the ‘’Tuskegee institute high school as a scholarship student. At Tuskegee, you won your first national women’s outdoor high jump championship. You had a hard life but, you surpass the odds and become an icon.

The ‘’Reach For Success Program’’ is a program that is changing kids ways like, stop bullying, getting angry fast, and being more responsible. With this program, it is changing our society for the future. Every week I have to write a reflective essay about how I used the principles in school or at home. You can let out all of your worries and angers and the people around you will get it. They would comfort you and make you feel like you matter. I use the principles in school when I get stuck on a problem. I think of the R.I.C.H. principle ‘’use thinking strategies for school and life success’’ and I look at the charts that my teacher has that can help me answer the question. I use the acronyms like R.A.P.S and T.D.D.C. When I used these acronyms, it organized my response and I got full points on all my statements. These were some reasons on what the R.I.C.H. program is and how I use the R.I.C.H. principles.

Alice coachman, I think you used the principle ‘’I matter’’ because you always believed in yourself. When you were young, the boys use to race you and you use to beat them. You mattered because you believed in yourself. When you went to the U.S after you won the Olympic gold medal the white folks had a lot of mean stuff to you but, you knew that you mattered and you beat the odds and stud up for your race.

In conclusion, Alice Coachman you are a person who beat the odds and stood up for your race. You ignored they mean stuff and won the Olympic gold medal. Miss Coachman, you inspired me because you used the principle ‘’I matter’’ in such a hard time in your life. You believed in yourself and you won the gold medal. Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me that you should always try to beat the odds. That is a lesson I will always remember so thank you.

Sincerely,

Ian Karim
April 16, 2016

Hello! Ms. Delores Tucker by Natalie Teekaram

Spring 2016

DeloresTuckerHello! Ms. Delores Tucker, my name Natalie Teekaram I am 10 years old, and I go to P.S. 155 (Ronald H. Brown Elementary school), I am in the 5th grade. Every Saturday I invest 3 hours of my daily schedule to go to a well-educated program known as  the R.I.C.H. program or the Reach for Success program. The R.I.C.H program is based off of four principles I matter, I am considerate of classmates and others, I am responsible for my behavior and finally, I use thinking strategies for school and life success. The R.I.C.H program means many things to me; one of those things means I can develop my social skills. I can open up to others in a room. The day my teacher and guidance counselor chose me to be in the R.I.C.H program may have been the best day of my life because it helped me achieve my goals.

Where can I start? I choose you for many reasons. You’re an inspiration to all but, you inspired me the most.   I choose you for this year’s NVLP because I believe everyone deserves the right to speak up for what’s right. I also chose you because you were the first African American Secretary State, and defended people when they were weak and made them strong once again. I can relate to, because I believe in helping others. I also chose you for my NVLP essay because you founded and were the chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women. You “tirelessly served on behalf of historically oppressed minorities and women”.

You were born on October 4, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA. You were a politician, a civil activist, and a youth advocate. You were the 10th out of 13 children. You went to school at University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In the 1970’s, you served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of state. You passed away on October 12, 2005, in Norristown, PA. You died from a heart ailment and lung condition .Even after; you died your legacy lives on, throughout the years.

In addition, I use the R.I.C.H principles to succeed in school. I use the R.I.C.H. principles in school, because they help me push toward my goal and achieve it. The R.I.C.H principles also help me remind myself to be a leader not a follower, to respect my peers, etc.

Throughout your years, I believe you used the R.I.C.H principle “I am considerate of my classmates and others” you used this R.I.C.H. principle throughout your court cases, and each and every day of your life. You helped others earn their justice. You also fought for others who were too weak to fight for themselves.

As you can see, you inspired me and others to help each other, and speak up for what’s right. I thank you, I have learned a lot from listening to your stories. After reading all that you you’ve gone through and overcame, I believe that everyone can learn several things from you.

Yours Truly,

Natalie Teekaram

April 16, 2016

Hi! Mrs. Yvonne Burke by Khristine Sooknauth

Spring 2016

Hi! Mrs. Yvonne Burke. My name is Khristine Sooknauth, I am ten-years old, I go to P.S.155Q, and I am in 5th grade. To me what the Reach for Success Program is about helping to expand yourself into higher levels and think out of the box. Also to inspire me to set goals that are to be achieved. We also have four principles in the program. One is “I matter”, the second one is “I am responsible for my behavior”, the third one is “I am considerate of my classmates and others and last “I use thinking strategies for school and life success.” I was introduced to the program by my guidance counselor Ms. Kurs.

To begin with, I was born in America in 2005, October 18th. The reason I chose you was because you like to try out new experiences even though sometimes when your experience literally failed you would try even harder and harder. Another reason I have chosen you, for example, once you have something and someone has absolutely nothing you would try your best to work up to something and give them so it could be equal. Also the hurtful crimes people did to you still didn’t bring you down.

And just like you, I would like to try out a political career, new experience, and last a doctor. What we don’t have in common is that you would like to stick to something so big like joining a club that literally takes a decade and I would like to see everything small and work up to something big. Also because you never give up! Although most people bring her down, “In white society they said “Women can’t do it! In the black society they were saying “, Women do too much. It’s a diabolical situation.” But still that didn’t bring you down. You stood up like they weren’t even there to hurt feelings.

The Reach for Success program is for people to expand their minds, to think outside the box. Also the program is to help you decide what your goals are and to help you achieve them. How I am using the RICH Principles is in everyday life so I can grow into gaining a positive attitude and not only help myself but I am helping other people because once they see that I am determined and I can set my mind to anything they are going to think “Well I can do that as well.” So while I am learning the principles and carrying it out into the world and let everybody know that they can do better than they are doing right now. This is all because there is always more space for more improvement. And once I do this in school I know that “I matter.”

Khristine Sooknauth matter” because just when all the people were doubting you and saying that you cannot do it is when you got even stronger and stronger. Then right there you won the Congressional bid which made you an African American women elected to congress from California or any other state in American West.

You as my chosen elder have inspired me by helping me not to be afraid to develop my potential. Also not to listen to the people that are putting you down, but to listen to the people that are making you spread yourself into succeeding in your goal.

Sincerely,

Khristine Sooknauth
April 16, 2016

Dear Norma Miller by Kayla Grant

Spring 2016

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.

Sincerely,
Kayla Grant
4/9/16