Ambassador Lewis Speaks at Mandela International Magnet School

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Ambassador Lewis Speaks at Mandela International Magnet School

September 19, 2014

Ambassador Lewis and his wife Gayle were invited to speak at the Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe New Mexico. After the speech to the  7th and 8th grades students,  Mr and Mrs Lewis received the following amazing letters from the students.

September 22, 2014

 

Dear Ambassador and Mrs Lewis:

 

Our school is divided into “Platica” groups.  “Platica” is the Spanish word for “talk” and it is essentially our Advisory period.  Each period was asked to reflect upon yours and Ms. Lewis’ visit and the below are their response.  Once again thank you so much for your meaningful visit and I/we so look forward to staying in touch.

 

Warmly,

 

Tony Gerlicz

Principal Learner

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Barbara’s Platica

 

Dear Ambassador and Mrs. Lewis,

Thank you visiting us at Mandela.  You visit was very meaningful to us.  We learned….

 

*Don’t turn down opportunities – Chris

*Don’t be afraid to dream – Areli

*Study, its important – Max

* Don’t give up – Christian

*Travel is a great teacher – Delfin

*Even though you are one small person, you can still make something happen – Sophia

*Hard work pays off – James

* I could tell you care about what you do  – Jessica

* If you learn lots of languages you can far further in life – Arianna

* It inspired me to do more than one career – Laura

* I t was a special experience that I have never had before – Celeste

* One person can make a difference – Luke

 

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Natalie Martino’s Platica Group, in the form of simulated text messages.

 

  • The ambassador is a very influential man who cares for the well being of others and the world.  He is very grateful for everything he has accomplished.  I want to be like him when I am older.
  • Today was awesome.  I got to shake the ambassador of South Africa and I got to shake his hand.
  • Today was fun and I learned a lot from the ambassador.  He is very inspirational.  I was a little confused and bored at first.
  • So today was a good day.  I like that I got to dress up and I learned that Mandela was a nice man, who really didn’t like giving himself a lot of credit.  So over all I learned that Mandela is a nice, selfless, caring man.
  • The ambassador’s visit was great but I am not a big fan of social events, so I wasn’t too excited.  It was still an enriching experience for me.
  • OMG, the ambassador of South Africa came to our school to talk about Mandela and stuff.

 

Additional comments:

  • I learned about being very honest.
  • It was really fun.
  • It was interesting that we actually understood what he was saying. Sometime when we encounter prestigious people, they use words we do not understand.
  • It was good to know what he did in South Africa.
  • It was an inspiring speech – it was definitely worth going.
  • It was cool that we got to ask questions, not just adults.
  • I feel grateful that he came to our school.
  • The singers were amazing – especially the song Tata Madiba.
  • It was cool that he wanted to come to our school, not only go to the convention center.

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Nevada’s Platica

  • I learned that this man not only adored his wife but his life in general. I want the rest of the world to have this type of attitude towards life.
  • I learned that speaking other languages is important.
  • Thanks for the inspiration.
  • I learned that we need  to be prepared for life, or else it will be a bigger struggle than it already is.
  • I figured out what I want to be when I am out of school.
  • You inspire greatness in all of us.
  • I adore how even because  you were a lawyer when you were younger, you became greater as time went on with courage, passion and education.
  • Thank you for answering our questions
  • even though you know that being an ambassador would be hard, and that at the time you were only a lawyer, you still took this hard but rewarding job.
  • In the IB learner profiles traits, one of them is a risk taker. You represent this trait in so many ways. I am proud that I was in your presence.

 

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Jeremy’s Platica

 

  • Although we already had an interest in law, your presentation inspired us to pursue our dreams of becoming lawyers.
  • You taught me that taking small steps at first will get you very far in life.
  • Thank you for showing us that if you can persevere you will be able to achieve a high position.
  • You inspired me by explaining how you achieved your goals while working, supporting a family and studying all at the same time.
  • Thank you for taking time out of a busy schedule to share your thoughts and experiences with us.
  • Thank you for showing us that important positions can also be very rewarding.

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Ella’s Platica

  • We were inspired by the good advice that you gave us.
  • We were inspired by your advice to keep on following our dreams.
  • We were inspired by your advice to work hard and keep following pursuing your ambitions.
  • We learned that the ambassador had a large diversity of jobs and let life lead the way.
  • We learned that one can have many successful jobs in their life as well as a good family.
  • We were inspired that you got to meet your hero.
  • We learned that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
  • We thought it was great that you were so excited to talk to us even though were just a brand new school.
  • We thought your statement that your life is in your hands is really interesting.
  • We see you as brave for going to South Africa.

As you can Ambassador and Ms. Lewis, your visit had a great impact on our students. They listened and they took it in. You can see the effects from their comments above. I am sending you this via hard copy as well with an additional card, but read these in the meantime.

 

Warmly,

Tony Gerlicz

Principal

 

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About the Author:

Brian Lewis is a Chef, Author and speaker. He is the third child of Delano Lewis and is currently in charge of public relations for the Ambassador.