Dear LaKeysha

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Dear LaKeysha,

I get it; I really do. You have a dozen choices to make every morning before you walk into my classroom. You choose your shoes, belt, earrings, and whether to start the day with a smile or a grimace.

The most important decision you can make today and every day is the choice to be kind.

I know enough about what goes on at home to know that choosing kind is not always demonstrated for you. Choose it anyway. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your earrings match your belt. What matters is how you treat people.

Popularity in middle school is a delicate pond on which you are skating. Being mean and pretty might scare people into thinking you’re popular for awhile, but I guarantee you that ice will melt soon enough. Try being the kind, pretty version of yourself.

Mean is a choice too. It’s not a default. Since the way you treat people is a decision, choose to be kind.

All my love,

-Ms. Jackson

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