Dear Katherine Dunham,
Hello, my name is Teriesa Asgar. I am ten years old and I go to a school named PS155Q. I will graduate in June from the fifth grade. I attend a Saturday program called the RICH program. The RICH program (Reach for Success) in my opinion is really fun. I say this because I get to work with some of the new students and I also get to work with some of the kids in my regular class. I have been learning a lot of things like the RICH principles. The RICH principles are I am responsible for my behavior, I am considerate of the classmates and others, I matter and, I will use thinking strategies for school and life success. My favorite RICH principle is I am responsible for my behavior; I like this principle because it makes everyone a leader instead of a follower.
Mrs. Dunham my favorite hobby is playing Minecraft on my computer. You might not know what Minecraft is so let me explain. There are four modes that you can be in. Survival is when you have to gather the resources you need to survive. Creative is when you have all the materials you need to build and play with your friends and family. Hardcore is sort of like survival but if you die you cannot respawn and in survival you can respawn. Adventure is when you have to do the same thing like survival but you have to keep everything in your inventory. Adults like you Ms. Dunham might think that children just waste their time on the computer, but if you see what the children can do on Minecraft then you will probably be amazed. So this is the thing that I do on my free time besides reading and doing homework.
Mrs. Dunham, the reason that I chose you is because you love to dance and I like to dance. Also I would like to have the jobs that you had. I like dancing because when I have a tough time in school I like to dance it out. But before I can do all the things that you did I need to start doing a little more training and study the other type of dances. In my school, my class and I are having some ballroom dance classes like Rumba and Swing. My favorite dance is Swing because it is so energetic. I wish I could have known your favorite dance. I am pretty sure that whatever dance you liked it must have been really fun to learn.
There are many different ways that you can use the 4 RICH principles in life and in school. I have used all the principles before, but I have not used all of them in the same week. I will explain to you some of the ways that I used some of the principles in my life. This is one way I used I will be responsible for my behavior. My mom was not feeling well and she had a lot of work to do. I felt bad for her and since I had nothing to do, I helped her out and it only took us about one hour. After we finished, my mom and I went to have some ice cream while we watched television.
This is one way that I used I matter. A kid in my class was throwing an eraser around to another student. One time the eraser dropped right in front of me. The kids next to me were telling me to give it to back, but instead of doing what they told me, I gave it to the teacher.
This is one way that I used I will be considerate of my classmates and others. My dad had to clean the yard and it was really messy, so instead of sitting around and watching television I went to go help him out.
This is one way I used I will use thinking strategies for school and life success. I was having a hard time on the ELA test so I remembered one of the RICH principles and it was named RAPS and I really felt confident on my response after I used the principle. So this is how I use the RICH principles in my life.
I believe the RICH principle that you as my chosen elder used was I matter. I say that because with all the things that you accomplished you had to believe in yourself, and you had to know that you matter. For example, you created the Katherine Dunham Dance Academy. I think that you knew that you would have to deal with a lot of students. So you knew that you mattered and you knew that you could accomplish anything. So this is the RICH principle that as my elder I believe you used to become successful.
Mrs. Katherine Dunham, you have inspired me for not only one reason, but for two reasons. One reason that you inspire me is because you wanted to be a dancer so you believed in yourself and you became a wonderful dancer. Another reason that you inspired me is because you believed that you could accomplish anything and that is exactly what you did. For example you created Kathrine Dunham dance academy and you taught a lot of kids to dance perfectly. So this is why you have inspired me Ms. Dunham.
Teriesa Sayra Asgar