I wish to share this book report written by a friend’s granddaughter. I was very touched by her decision to read Dance of Victory.  She is 13!

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WHY IS THIS PERSON WELL KNOWN?

Sandy Morgan is well known because of the amazing things she’s accomplished in her life so far while having a disability called cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy are neurological disorders that permanently  affect body movement and muscle coordination. Even with this disability Sandy was able to accomplish great things and make wonderful changes in the world.

TELL AN INCIDENT IN HIS/HER CHILDHOOD

One morning when Sandy was young, she taught her baby brother, Rick, to climb out of his crib by himself. When he woke up he wanted to get out of his crib but, at first,  Sandy didn’t think she could help him with that. Then she thought she could. By giving Rick specific directions as to how to get out of his crib and believing in him and herself he climbed out all by himself.

WRITE 3 THINGS YOU LEARNED ABOUT THIS  PERSON

I learned she did a lot of traveling in her life. Sandy (& Rod) had a 2 acre lot on Lake Vermillion and they spent a weekend there. She  was very active in politics  and she supported Paul Wellstone when he ran for senate. I also learned that when Sandy believes in something, she will not give up.

THE THING THAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT THIS PERSON WAS?

The thing that  surprised me most about Sandy is how passionate about  the things she believes in. When she believes in something she will not give up. Her attitude is always positive and she always tries to look at the better side of things no matter what.

LIST 3 PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED THIS PERSON’S LIFE AND EXPLAIN WHY

Three people who influenced Sandy’s life are Kody Bateman because he is the founder and CEO of Send Out Cards.  He mainly showed her that she could accomplish things she didn’t know she could do like dancing for example Another person is Peter Anderson (my nephew). Peter Anderson was born with Trisomy 13. He only lived   a few months after he was born so Sandy felt blessed to know him. Paul Wellstone ran for senate and Sandy supported him.

WHAT OBSTACLES OR PROBLEMS DID THE SUBJECT HAVE TO FACE?

There were many obstacles that Sandy  came across throughout this book. One, for example, is her disability in general  and all the challenges she faced because of it.

LIST 3 THINGS THIS PERSON ACCOMPLISHED

The top three things Sandy Morgan accomplished are completing college, being employed in rewarding jobs, and getting married.  Those are three things Sandy thought she would not accomplish in her lifetime but she worked and tried to the best of her abilities and she has accomplished three o her life-long dreams.

AFTER READING THIS BOOK, WOULD YOU CONSIDER THE SUBJECT  TO BE SOMEONE T LOOK UP TO AS A  ROLE MODEL? WHY  OR WHY NOT?

Yes, I definitely look up to  Sandy because she has accomplished so many amazing things already and she still has time to make more changes in the world.

WHAT CHARACTER TRAITS DID THIS PERSON HAVE THAT HELPED HIM OR HER ACHIEVE THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS?  LIST 5, AND GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A TIME THIS TRAIT WAS SHOWN IN THE BOOK

Inspirational. Sandy is an inspiration to the millions of people living with disabilities. She was able to get improved transportation options for all in 1983. Intelligent. Sandy completed college and she was an intern teacher’s aide for grade school. Persistent. She was  persistent in everything she believed in such as fighting for the rights of those with disabilities. Independent. Even with disabilities she was able to live in a dorm with other students in college. Determined. She was  determined too try to control her muscles when  she danced with Kody Bateman. I am proud to personally know Sandy Morgan and she inspires me to overcome any obstacles I may run into in my life.

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