You Never Know Who You Meet in Social Media - Karen Salmansohn

You Never Know Who You Meet in Social Media

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You never know who you’ll meet on Twitter – and where it will lead you! 

A few months ago I was tweeting it up when I met this delightful happy spirit– Monal Nabulsi – who turned out to be a 7th grade school counselor at Chapel Hill Middle School – a school with an awesome mission: educate the whole child academically, physically, socially, emotionally and creatively. 

Monal and I tweeted it up about our love for kids, dislike of bullying, and adoration for art and kindness. Eventually this led us to get Chapel Hill Middle School’s students involved in a Kindness Rockstar Art Project/Contest – and bring in the amazing Melody Chambers – one of the inspiring art teachers at Chapel Hill Middle School. 

The Challenge: Create artwork inspired by the concept of “friendship” – and if possible create artwork around one of my old headlines from an old poster: “Be the friend you want to see in the world.” 

All I can say is: O.M.G. 

These kids are astonishingly talented! And I don’t use the word “astonishingly” lightly. I had trouble choosing 1 winner. I wound up choosing 6 winners. (Note: The 6 winners art work is sprinkled around this newsletter. Their names: Alora F. Andrea P. Enrique Franklin Helena Kaitlyn B.)


And because every single entry was sooooo gosh-darn good, I put them all up on my Pinterest page. Click here to see all the children’s artwork. 

Click here to find out more about Monal, Melody, and the talented students (my blog) 

Click here to find out more about my project to inspire kids around the world to be rockstars at life! 

 

Here’s a bit more about Chapel Hill Middle School’s philosophies – and why I’m thrilled to have worked with them on this Kindness Rockstar Art Project: We believe that to be competitive and succeed in our 21st century global economy, students must master the use of words, images, sounds, and movement to communicate effectively. We believe that the fine arts are crucial to achieving this goal. 
The arts teach children the skills necessary to succeed in life, including learning to solve problems and make decisions; learning to think creatively; building self-esteem and self-discipline; articulating a vision; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.

 

ABOUT THE INSPIRING PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN CHAPEL HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL’S KINDNESS ROCKSTAR ART PROJECT/CONTEST:

My name is Melody Chambers and I am one of the art teachers at Chapel Hill Middle School in Douglas County, Georgia. Art and teaching children are my passion and I have been fortunate to do both for over 26 years! While I have taught art at the high school and adult levels, I especially enjoy the uninhibited joy of the middle grades students. They are eager to express themselves and more than ready to experiment with art. Our school’s mission is to educate the WHOLE child, academically, physically, socially, emotionally andCREATIVELY! Love my students….love my school!

My name is Kaitlyn B. My favorite thing to do is draw. My favorite color is blue and my preferred food is doughnuts. I like drawing because I can draw whatever I want and be myself.

Hi Everyone. I am Enrique, a typical 8th grader who loves to play soccer. My favorite hobby is drawing. I am from Mexico. I came to the USA to live the experience. I am only staying one year. Actually, all of my family is in Mexico so this friendship project helped me to express myself through the drawing.

My name is Alora F. I am an 8th grade student. I have several passions including art, writing, drama and music. I hope to eventually pursue a career in one or more of these fields. Some say I’ll be famous one day.

I am Helena J. I am in the 7th grade. Though I love to draw, my passion is mostly towards music. I started playing the piano when I was 4 years old. I stopped for several years but started playing again when I was 11. I love to sing and I am afraid of failure.

My name is Andrea P. I am originally from CA but moved to Georgia when I was 6 years old. My interests are volleyball, tennis and art. I am also a member of clubs such as French Club, BETA Club and National Junior Art Honor Society. I have many interests but my main one is art.

My name is Franklin S. I am in the 7th grade. My favorite food is pizza. I like shoes. My favorite sport is basketball and my favorite player is Russell Westbrook.

My name is Monal Nabulsi. I am the 7th grade school counselor. I am living a life of simple kindness and trying to make a difference in the world. I try to live yoga off the mat. I am inspired by my students every day and always learn things from them about what life is really all about. I am humbled by them. I am an active traveler, an amateur photographer, a fan of live music (yay Snow Patrol!), yoga and art. I continue to find inspiration through people like you, Jennifer Pastiloff, Katie Devine and others who are actively living their passions. I hope to inspire my students in some way and allow them the opportunity to reach their goals.

 

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