Originally published by Osceola News Gazette – May 12, 2020
To the Editor,
My name’s Gabriella, and I’m a rising ninth-grader at Florida Cyber Charter Academy (FLCCA).
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and I wanted to thank my teachers for making a huge difference in my life. Before I transferred to FLCCA, I wasn’t challenged, and didn’t feel like I was learning enough. But now, my teachers are really supportive and challenge me in ways I never thought possible. They also encourage my extracurricular activities, and they celebrate my accomplishments outside of school – which is really important to me.
I’m passionate about service and volunteering – and because my school is so flexible, I have time to give back. Right now, I help at an animal rescue, and also work to provide housing for hurricane victims. In my spare time, I also teach free dance, art and music classes to kids who might not have the same opportunities as me.
This year, I was chosen out of 400 students to receive Disney’s Dreamers & Doers Award. My school nominated me based on academic performance and community service. It makes me feel special that my school knows how much I care about service, and wants me to succeed. I hope every kid has teachers like mine, who care about everyone individually and encourage them to follow their dreams. Thank you, FLCCA teachers.
For more information on Florida Cyber Charter Academy, visit https://flcca.k12.com/