2nd Annual Haines and Friends Artist Awardees Exhibit
Crystal Ballroom, Ashland Springs Hotel
Ruch Community K-8 School was honored to share their students' creative works at Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, March 4, 2016. This was Ruch School's 3rd consecutive year participating in ONTASC's Digital Storytelling program.
The art piece below, created specifically for the Haines and Friends event, was displayed as a 10 foot "Charm Bracelet." Inspired by 7th grade student Amanda Drane's story, 2nd grade students from Ruch Community K-8 School created each charm, representing what encouragement and support looked like to them.
Nobody is Perfect
By Amanda Drane
Is there anything that girl can’t do? These comments swirl in Mia’s mind everyday. Everyone thinks Mia is perfect but in reality she isn’t, because nobody is perfect. Deep down, Mia knew this, but she thought that if she wasn’t perfect then people would think she wasn’t good enough.
She dreaded being corrected. Soon her schoolwork was getting harder. She went from rarely being corrected to being corrected all the time. This made her stressed and confused because everything was usually not this hard.
Mia was lucky to have a marvelous friend who always knew when Mia wasn't feeling right. Kayla usually helped Mia feel better, only this time Mia wouldn’t listen. She was convinced that she wasn’t good enough and it seemed that no one could change her mind about quitting all her activities.
The next day Mia had band during lunch break. She marched right into the music room and said, “I’m quitting”. Everyone was stunned but based on her facial expression, nobody dared to ask why.
Her music teacher said “Okay Mia, if that is really what you want to do”. With that, Mia was out of the room and on the field where she met Kayla.
Kayla said, “I thought you had band today, Mia.”
Mia abruptly answered, “I quit just like I quit ballet, Irish, horseback riding, and everything else!”
Kayla was shocked. She couldn’t believe Mia was quitting everything she had ever worked for. Kayla had thought she was kidding when Mia told her the first time, but now it was real and she had to do something. But what could she do?
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That night, Mia’s grandma was over for dinner. In the middle of the meal, Mia announced that she was quitting all her activities, so she would have a lot more free time to spend with her family. Her grandma instantly got up, went to her purse, and grabbed a box. It was wrapped with horse-covered wrapping paper.
Her grandma handed it to her and said, “It’s from Kayla.” Mia unwrapped it and pulled out a bracelet with a charm for every activity Mia had ever done. Mia gazed at the bracelet in amazement.
“Kayla asked me to give this to you. She said it was important, and I guess she was right. Here is a note she asked me to give to you too.”
Please don’t quit. You are just a kid. You are here to learn. You don’t have to be perfect.
Nobody is perfect.
That night Mia thought about it and decided that she wouldn’t quit her activities. The next day Mia signed back up for everything. Then she marched right up to Kyla and hugged her to show her gratitude. From that day forward, Mia was able to overcome her feelings, and be proud of herself.