Kids promote inclusion through art
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.