Living Your Legacy
What does it mean to live a legacy?
Walt Whitman said, "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." You. Each and every one of you get the opportunity to contribute to the story of our world; that also means each and every one of our students. We live in a unique era where we have the opportunity to not just have our contributions to the world written about, but to be able to write about those contributions. You and I are lucky. We get to be a tiny part of every verse written by every student, for they each have a contribution to make.
Our students are makers.
Our students are writers.
Our students are illustrators.
Our students are musicians.
Our students are living their legacy.
Our students are living a life worth reading and writing about.
How are you helping your students live and leave a legacy?
Ella was diagnosed with NF when she was 5 years old. Since then, she has undergone over 17 sedated MRI’s, 16 months of weekly chemotherapy treatments, countless tests, 100 needle sticks, total loss of vision in her left eye, ADHD and learning differences, and so much more. She is stable now but with NF you never know what lies ahead. Even with all of the challenges she faces, Ella stays positive and finds strength by doing random acts of kindness. She has hosted a Christmas party for kids of Hurricane Sandy and another for our military youth, held three community service events where volunteers made hats and headbands for kids undergoing treatment and delivered food and needed items to the homeless in Philly to name a few. Ella, along with her many supporters, also has raised over $32,000 in the past 4 years for research. She is an inspirational little girl!
Shortly after diagnosis in 2011, Ella began writing children’s books and just published her first one. She is a very spunky, ambitious young lady with many dreams and is determined to let nothing hold her back, not even NF! Ella wants to let other children that face challenges know that you can overcome any obstacle if you put your mind to it. She is planning an east coast book tour for this summer. During which, she plans to perform random acts of kindness along the way.
Click here to support Ella's book tour GoFundMe page!
Meet Courtney, a 16-year-old published author, YouTuber, and student who is living her legacy one book, blog post, and video at a time. Check out her books on Amazon and visit her blog to learn more!