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These Third Graders’ Motivational Mantra Will Inspire You

posted: 08/03/17
by: Blythe Copeland
Elementary school teacher Jasmyn Wright starts her students' day with a simple routine: A call-and-response chant that she hopes will inspire them to stay motivated even outside the classroom. But Wright and her third grade students at Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School have spread their enthusiasm and positivity father than they ever imagined -- a video of the class performing the chant that Wright posted the day after the election in November 2016 garnered more than 3.7 million views, and earned the kids a spot in a national ad campaign.

The mantra, "Push Through It," has Wright asking a series of questions that her students answer, complete with hand movements. "What if it's too hard?" she asks. "I"m gonna push through!" reply the students. "What if it's too tough?" "I'm gonna push through!" "What if you're just too young?" "That's not true!" What if you're not good enough?" "That's not true!" The chant ends with an uplifting line from the students: "I can do anything I put my mind to!"

"I want them to know that they're capable and equipped to overcome any adversity," Wright told The Today Show. "If you change your thoughts, you can change your world."