By Alexia, Anna, Cassandra, Gigi, Ms. Post, and Rachel
A lot of people face challenges in their lives. If you believe in yourself, you can get through these challenges and have big accomplishments.
For example in the book Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull, Wilma got Polio and she could not move her leg inward and also could not walk. She got through this challenge by doing a lot of leg exercises. One day, she took off her brace at church and walked up the aisle and showed everyone that even because she had polio she could still do just as much as everyone else.
Another example of people facing challenges in their lives was in the book Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson. Nelson was challenges because he was in prison for a long time. While in prison, his mother and his son both died. Still, Nelson fought for what he believed in, which was for black and white people to be treated equally in South Africa.
One more example is in the book Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter. Sonia’s family was poor and her mom was always cooking or studying to keep Sonia and her brother at school to get an education. Another challenge Sonia faced was at Princeton College, she felt very different from everyone else because everyone else was born and raised with a lot of money and she was always very poor. Sonia studied very hard to become a Judge.
In these stories, people worked really hard to become successful. We noticed that some of the challenges people faced were living in poverty, losing a parent at a young age, and discrimination based on their race. Sonia Sotomayor and Nelson Mandela both lost their dads when they were nine. Still, these people believed in themselves and persevered.
This makes us think about our own dreams and the challenges we face and how we can get through those challenges. Here are some of our dreams and how we’re going to work hard to get there:
Anna: My dream is to do a job where I can do a lot of math. I am going to get there by studying.
Gigi: My dream is to be a first grade teacher and to go to a great college just like Sonia Sotomayor. I am going to get there by practicing math, reading, and spelling a lot and pushing myself to do more than I can do now.
Alexia: My dream is to be a math teacher and to help kids become better at multiplication and division. I am going to push myself by helping kids who don’t understand math and showing them how to do the things they don’t understand.
Ms. Post: My dream is to run a marathon. I am going to have to train hard and build up a lot of mileage so that I can sustain myself for 26.2 miles.
Cassandra: My dream is to be a zoologist and to have my own nature show. I am going to get there by getting good grades and reading as much as I can about animals.
Rachel: My dream is to make the world fair so that nobody rules other people. I am going to work hard by challenging others to think about what is fair.