Students from the Ann Richards School for Girls Write About Seeing Maya Angelou at The Paramount Theatre

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In this job, I get a lot of thank you notes from youth who attend our theatre, but today I got a group of letters from students at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders that was very special.

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a unique all-girls public middle school, founded to educate young women and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their communities. It is a Title I school, where 63% of the students live at or below the poverty line. 

The school is based on proven models — the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem, New York, and the Irma Rangel Leadership School in Dallas, Texas. Established ten years ago, the Young Women’s Leadership School educates girls from economically disadvantaged families, with 100 percent of graduates applying to and being accepted to college. It was the intent of the late Governor Ann Richards that the Ann Richards School’s college preparatory program would serve a similar population with those same goals. 

On April 26, I was able to give away 20 tickets to their students, a value of over $1,000.

Below are letters from the principal, students, and teachers about what the experience meant to them.  To read sentences like: “Your generosity will leave its mark on me forever,” and “I got so much out of this experience.  Dr. Angelou taught in my opinion, one of the most important lessons that you could ever learn and that is: be a rainbow in the clouds,” just leaves me speechless.

To be able to give these girls, future leaders in our community, an opportunity to see such an inspirational legend simply makes me love my job.


Here is a letter from the principal:


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Here are letters from the students:


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Here is a letter from a teacher:


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