Kids pro­mote in­clu­sion through art

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

BUD­DING young artists from Glen­brien and Kilmyshall Na­tional Schools are cel­e­brat­ing this week af­ter be­ing named county win­ners in a na­tional art com­pe­ti­tion. Rubylee Jor­dan and Emma Mil­lar from Glen­brien NS won the ju­nior sec­tion while Grace Tully of Kilmyshall NS won the se­nior sec­tion in the ‘ Some­one Like Me’ art com­pe­ti­tion run by the Na­tional Disability Author­ity.

The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to pro­mote disability aware­ness and nur­ture un­der­stand­ing amongst pri­mary school stu­dents and to high­light the sim­i­lar­i­ties that ex­ist within peo­ple of all abil­i­ties. Now an an­nual ini­tia­tive, ‘Some­one Like Me’ pro­motes in­clu­sion and pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes to­wards all per­sons, al­low­ing chil­dren to learn about and dis­cuss these top­ics and cre­atively ex­press what they have learned through art and craft.

The judges were ex­tremely im­pressed with both en­tries, which will now be in the run­ning to win the na­tional prize.

Rubylee and Emily’s draw­ing showed two girls help­ing their dis­abled aunt and show­ing her that she is loved and they were helped by teacher Ciara McGrath in en­ter­ing it into the com­pe­ti­tion. Mean­while, Grace’s piece showed peo­ple with dif­fer­ent dis­abil­i­ties, from or­di­nary peo­ple to ath­letes and mu­si­cians.

The judges were ex­tremely im­pressed with the Wex­ford en­tries and wished the win­ners the very best as they com­pete with 45 other schools, with the even­tual win­ner to be an­nounced by Min­siter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Dis­abil­i­ties, Finian McGrath at Dublin Hall on Wed­nes­day.

Glen­brien NS pupils Rubylee Jor­dan and Emma Mil­lar’s en­try.

Kilmyshall NS pupil Grace Tully’s en­try into the ‘Some­one Like Me’ art com­pe­ti­tion.

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