By Halicia Lyttle '15 (above, right), AmeriCorps member of the Staples Inc. team with Rogers Middle School
Photo by Adrienne Poon '15, AmeriCorps member of the Staples Inc. team with Rogers Middle School

Dear Students,

I have to let you know how grateful I am to have been your City Year. I truly could not have asked for a better group of students to spend this school year with. I have to be honest, the idea of waking up at 5 a.m. and having 10 hour service days was never the most appealing thing to me, but there was never a day that I did not think I could do it, there was never a day that I did not want to do it. You all have brought so much joy, laughter, understanding, and of course patience into my life. I am leaving the Rogers Middle School a much better person, and I owe most of that to you.

We have had so many good times this year, and there have been so many inside jokes that you still will not let me in on. I will never forget all of the discussions we’ve had, seeing your inner actor/actress come out during SpotLit, and your amazing performance at the Multicultural Show. I have watched you all be leaders inside the classroom and even outside the classroom as you dominate the soccer, football, and baseball fields. This class has a beautiful chemistry and sense of unity that I hope you remember fondly, because I undoubtedly will. Our class is a community, in and of itself, and it was a joy to enter such a warm, loving environment every day.

You are all truly amazing individuals! I refer to you as individuals because you do not feel the need to follow the crowd and you are not afraid to be yourself. Please do not lose that as you journey through high school, do everything you can to keep your individuality. Stay eager to learn, keep reading, keep writing, and keep striving for excellence. Yes, I said keep reading! Reading does not have to be a chore. Visit libraries and choose books you enjoy. We can learn a lot through books and the more we know, the more open-minded, better people we become.

As we all go our separate ways, there is no doubt in my mind that you all will accomplish great things in life. As cheesy as it may sound, you all have the potential to be anything you want to be in this world. I hope I played some role in empowering you to explore your potential and offered you the support you needed. Each one of you has enriched me in more ways than you will ever know. I feel so inspired every time one of you answers a question and gets it wrong, but you keep trying until you get it right. Or when someone is brave enough to go in front of the class and present their math classwork. You may not realize it now, but those are huge life skills. That resilience and confidence will take you far!

Best wishes to you all! I hope you continue to flourish and create your own path. You all will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

Ms. Lyttle  

P.S. Luis* maybe one day I will let you in on how I can be nice and mean at the same time.   


*name changed to protect student privacy

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