President Obama’s Letter to Joseph Ocol

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Journal | No Comments

Joseph Ocol is a hardworking individual and always tries his best to help those around him. Good deeds mostly go unnoticed in this day and age, so it’s heartening to receive a letter of recognition from the president himself, Barack Obama, for the inspiring work Joseph has and is continuing to do.

Please read the transcribed letter below:

Dear Joseph,

Thank you for sharing your story.  Each day, I am inspired by messages of hope and determination I receive from people across our country, and I read the letter you sent in January with interest.

A great teacher is the single most important factor in the education of our children.  Educators across our country are strengthening our Nation’s future by recognizing potential in their students, fostering their growth, and vesting them with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the 21st century.  The experience and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom inspires our Nation’s sons and daughters to think bigger and set their sights higher, and their dedication has made a difference in the lives of countless young Americans.

Each of us has a role to play in creating a better world for future generations.  From my earliest days as a community organizer through my work as President.  I have found that Americans can achieve extraordinary things when we work together.  With students, educators, parents, and communities joining together, we will uphold America’s founding promise that we can make of our lives what we will, and that all things are possible for all people.

Thank you, again, for your letter, and for your service inside and outside of the classroom.  I wish you and your students all the best for continued success in the years ahead.



Barack Obama

View the actual letter sent to Joseph Ocol from President Obama