Dear Mr. Kelsey

I have collected autographs for over 20 years. When I was in college I started writing to celebrities and asking them what they would tell a class of elementary school students. Over the years I have gotten over 200 letter and signed pictures to my students. I think that by these very busy people taking the time to share their thoughts with students, it shows the power of education. I hope you enjoy my collection

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Education Specialist for Digital Learning.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Survivor - Gervase Peterson

Do you remember when Survivor first came on the air? My family wasn’t really into it at first, then I stayed with some friends who were. We were eating dinner and someone looked at their watch and said, “Survivor starts in two minutes!” I have never seen a table cleaned off faster. I’m still not a huge survivor fan but occasionally I will watch it, and there have been a couple of seasons that I have gotten into. On the first season, it was such a new concept that everyone was hooked. One of the big moments that season was when Gervase had to eat rat. In his letter to students, he mentions this but also has some good advice.

I would tell your students to love and respect themselves and each other. I got teased about my name as a kid, but it never bothered me because I love my name and how it made me different. Listen to your teachers and pay attention in school. Knowledge is one thing that you will always have. If you get hurt playing sports or if Hollywood thinks you’re not “hot” anymore you always have your education to fall back on. No matter what you’re doing strive to be the best if it’s playing sports, taking a test or telling jokes. Even if you don’t end up being the best you can still be successful. Richard won Survivor so he’s the best (unfortunately). I didn’t but I’m still successful because I tried my hardest to be the best. Last thing my favorite have fun. No matter what you’re doing you should be having fun and enjoying yourself. Doing Survivor was so hard, but it was the best time of my life and I had so much fun. So good luck and remember this if I can survive the island with Rich walking around naked you can survive anything!



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