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Elizabeth Ruiz

Hi room 209. I just wanted to let you know that Helen Keller is one of my favorite people. She shows me that if she can follow her dreams being deaf and blind we that are healthy and have our five senses can accomplish anything in life. What do you want to be when you grow up? Remember, follow your dreams like Helen Keller and I know you can do it. Keep reaching for the stars.


Hey, 209, I'm from Florence, Alabama, just a couple of towns over from Tuscumbia, Alabama, where Helen Keller grew up. Did you know that her birthplace, a house called Ivy Green, is a historical landmark, and that every summer, we have a performance of the play "The Miracle Worker," which is based on Helen Keller's life, at Ivy Green? You might know that Anne Sullivan, Keller's teacher, helped her understand language by holding her hand under a water pump and signing "water" into Keller's hand. Every summer, they do that scene at that very water pump.

The lesson I treasure most from Keller is this: Don't allow yourself to be discouraged or intimidated. You can learn anything if you believe you can.

Juliet, a second grader in NJ

My mom's birthday is on November 12, too! The story is very nice.

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