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Kara Laricks

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Dear Absolutely Incredible Kids,

Eeeeee! When I feel passionate about something, "Eeeeeee!" is usually the first thing I exclaim (or the first thing I write, in this case). If you have not already noticed, I am pretty excited about writing this letter to YOU. When I was a 4th grade teacher, the best part about my job was inspiring kids like YOU to find their passions. I remember telling each of my students, "You are SOMEONE SPECIAL. You can be anyone you want to be. You can do anything you want to do. With a little bit of dedication and determination, you can make your dreams come true."

One day, as I was encouraging my students to pursue their dreams, I realized that I was not following my own advice. In addition to teaching, I had a PASSION for fashion and I knew I needed to put a plan into ACTION and REACH for my dream of becoming a fashion designer. I had no idea how to sew or draw, so I decided to go back to school at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and learn the skills I needed to become a fashion designer. With a little bit of dedication and a lot of determination (including a big cross-country move to New York), I designed my way to the top on NBC's reality competition series Fashion Star. What a dream come true! As the winner of Fashion Star, I designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. And I have been designing my dreams ever since...

I want to encourage YOU to find your spark or that which ignites passion in YOU. To help you get started, print this letter and cut on the dotted lines below. Keep this reminder in your pocket, on your bulletin board or even under your pillow. Keep me posted as your dreams become reality!


YOU are someone special – every minute of every day.

P stands for PASSION.
What interests you? What makes you look, listen and learn?
What makes you jump up and down? What makes you exclaim, "Eeeeeee!"?
That's your passion talking.

A stands for ACTION.
Put your passion into action and get going on that dream of yours!

R stands for REACH.
Reach for your dreams. Right now. Ready? Go!

K stands for "KARA believes I can, and I will!"
Yep, now I am a member of YOUR fan club.
Hey, it takes a star to know one!
Shine on, Science Star, Sports Star, Super Star, or Fill-in-the-Blank Star!

Your #1 Fan,
Kara Laricks
NBC's First "Fashion Star"

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