It says pretty much what it was expected it would say: study hard, don't give up. Pretty much the same thing parents are, or should be, saying everyday to their kids. He tells them to wash their hands and volunteer in their community. Pay attention to your teachers!
He tells them he was raised in Indonesia and that his father left when he was two. He's just like them:
"When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning. Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, 'This is no picnic for me either, buster.'"Blather.
We'll be studying To Kill a Mockingbird in my class, and working on a new list of vocabulary words.