Wednesday, October 19, 2005
I am very proud of this nineteen year old African American girl who victoriously won the title The American Idol surpassing all her detractors and struggles in life. She is blessed with a vivacious voice, a voice to sing within her heart to reach out and be heard by those who also went through life struggles. Because of Fantasia's songs these people now have dreams, and because of Fantasia's inspiration they are going to pursue them.
This afternoon, I was watching my special ed class while they were focused quietly on their activity sheets, listening wholeheartedly to Fantasia songs from my CD player. I was teary eyed because I am touched by her powerful voice and moved by her meaningful songs. This young girl, who is a struggling reader (and a school dropout) like my students, is able to be a bright star looked up by the whole world. Now my students dream of being successful too one day.
Here's my letter for her:
FANTASIA, I am just surprised at how you inspire my students with your lifestory and your songs. You see, my school here in Washington DC is an all African-American school, and in my special ed class I allow my students to listen to your CD because your songs give them hope and motivation to go on and follow their dreams. YOU INSPIRE THEM! We talked about you again this afternoon and they would like to invite you to come and visit our school when you come by Washington DC. Our school is near the Smithsonian Museums and you can drop by while you're on your tour *wink*. We'd be very glad and honored if you can respond to this fan mail. YOU ROCK!
FANTASIA'S LIFE CHALLENGES:
The Superficial Fantasia Barrino can't read
Paying for the hard bigotry of no expectations - baltimoresun.com
When an Idol can't read - 10/12/05
Fantasia Can't Read or Write - Topic Powered by Groupee Community
RELATED TOPICS: American Idol, Fantasia Barrino, education
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