As we begin this next sememster, I am excited for our upcoming thematic unit about what it means to persevere in the face of adversity. The students will be reading William Kamkwamba's non-fiction novel, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This is an amazing story about a teen in Malawi who built a windmill to bring electricity and hope to his small, struggling village. During this unit, we will hear from many members of the Denver community about their own struggles and how they were able to overcome tough times with tenacity, persistance and resilience. Our first speaker is Jason Romero, a blind ultra-runner who recently ran across America. I can't wait for the kids to be inspired by these true stories of struggle and success!