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Page 4B EDUCATION BY ADRIENNE SIMES Special to the Hays Free Press The Hays CISD Visual Arts Departlnent is making strides in getting student artwork out to local busi- nesses in the Buda and Kyle area. This is the first year that the Adopt-a-Picture event has taken place. The art teachers are very excited to have their students' work in the community and hope that this practice will continue in the future. Artwork from all Hays CISD schools was taken to the Kyle and Buda Chambers of Commerce meet- ings, where representatives of local businesses could adopt a piece of artworkto take back to their business and display it. All that was asked of the businesses was that the artwork be framed and displayed. The Visual Arts Department thanks all that partici- pated in this event. Our main goal for this new ven- ture is to have more student artwork out in the com- munity. What better way of combining great artistic talent with great local businesses? The student art is on display at Texas Pie Company, Keep it Simple, The Education Center, Comfort Con- nections,/Ll.M. A/C and Heating, Onion ~k Club, Great Locations Realty, Long Orthodontics, 'Hays YMCA, IBC Bank, Camper Clinic II, Harper's Fine Jew- elry, Offices of Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, FriDaze, Capitol Area Realty, Broadway Bank, Main Street Homes, Matt Phillips, Leata, Amy Horabin, Heritage Tree Care, Hands on Healing and CTMC Hospice. Student artwork is headed out into the community thanks to the Hays CISD Secondary Visual Arts Department's Adopt-a-Picture project being implemented through members of the Buda and Kyle Chambers of Commerce. Proudly displaying her adopted "Lobo" art is Wallace Middle School 8th-grader Brenna Veloz with Secondary Visual Arts Coor- dinator Addenne Simes (left) and adopter (and Justice of the Peace) Beth Smith. Hays Free Press November 17, 2010 and life insl irance... Auto Home. Life Rob Agent Let's Compare (512) 504.9484 Rates and Service. 5500 FM 2770, S 101 Kyle, TX 78640 4 EXACT 1 FREE! by CASH or CHECK ONLY NO Cmiit/gebit Card + PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Nationally-recognized author Ben Mikaalson visited Simon Middle School recently, encouraging stu- dents about their untapped writing potential and offering advice on how to deal with bullying. En Francais Hays High School Societe Hono- raire de Francais inducted new members recently, all of whom achieved A averages in French and committed to participation in at least two French academic activities per year. Displaying their induction certificates are (left to right) Katelyn Kelsey, Erica Falan, Ariana Hall and Cris Partidas; not pictured, Emily Frazell and Bella Hunt. Hays High graduate (and cur- rent UT student) Bonnie Herrmann was guest speaker with a message on university life and advice on time and money management. School Briefs Continued from pg. 3B ing orders for 6.5 inch potted poinsettias for $12.50 (order deadline Monday, Nov. 29). The Highsteppers will deliver them after Dec. 4. To order, contact any Highstepper or contact sponsor Amanda Bo- dine at Lellman PTA The Lehman High School PTA is still offering beautiful 6" poinsettias for the holiday season, with orders being taken through Monday, Nov. 29. Priced at $12, the plants will be available for pick-up on Thursday, Dec. 1. All proceeds benefit PTA scholarships. For more information, contact Connie Rosales at rosalesc@, Elaine Hunt at or Angie Cross at angie.crossconsult- or call 268- 8454. Pfluger collects silly strings Students at R~lph Pfluger Elementary recently amassed more than 1200 "silly bands" for children in Honduras, a fun local gift gathered by PE teacher Lacey Knight and sent with friends doing service work in the Central American country. Knight .,kT.,- 2~,e~"* de'uz':,J'v~c"2,d'2-,a'Cd-cff" traits, including "being the person we are supposed to be," and she says sending the collection "fit right in" with her lesson plans. She indi- cates there may be a clothes BY JIM CULLEN Regardless of his acknowledged challenges in expressing himself, Mikaelson told the Wolverines he had "a million stories in my head" and he was determined to tell them, "even ill (literally) couldn't Montana-based author Ben Mikaelson paid a spell 'the'". Story-telling served as a partial escape visit to Simon Middle School recently, a campus from the daily bullying he endured, but it was a that has enjoyed his novel, "Touching Spirit Bear," third-grade picture book adaptation of "Jonathan this fall. The visit brought a full set of the authors Livingston Seagull" that emboldened and inspired warm and engaging presentations dealing with him. He mused, "Wouldn't it be something if I the life experiences that brought him to writing, could be something special? And lle realized he Mikaelson told of many experiences which couldnt do it ifhejust"stood there." were negatively colored by bullies. He described What became Mikaelson's special talent was those experiences with self-deprecating humor, diving, a skill he honed for years until he was div- drawing peals of laughter from the first group ing from 50-feet heights. Piloting planes became that heard him, the Wolverines' sixth graders. But another passion and again he mastered a difficult the entertaining guest's message was clear- that skill. Over the rest of his academic career, in his adults recognize the seriousness of bullying and own way, he came to master his stor c-telling, a life that students who suffer from it have to find strat- skill he's enjoyed for the past 30 yea egies to deal with:it, came easy, Mikaeisun told his Siml A fair-haired youth growing up in Bolivia pre- but all of it was worth it. sented its own challenges for Mikaelson, he told Thelackofeasewithwhichhetac his young audience. He became accustomed to lenges included a period of being the word gringo" at an early age, leaming that he young man" wh~ he admitted, %; was the "diverse" party in that country's diversity, of a police station ftrt the first time' He admits that, as with most young people, "I didn't want to be different." But it was nothing compared to what he faced when he returned to the United States and en- rolled in a boarding school as a twelve-year-old who could barely read or write English. rs. None ofit m audiences, kledthechal- la very angry tw the inside as a result of it. His eventual encounter with anq I adoption of Bully, what grew into the 750-pour d adult black bear well-known t.o his readers, proved to be the component of hisgitb that helped turn his heart and rmind to positivdgoals...the kind of goals he flrml.,y counseled his Simon audiences to seek. I PHOTO BY MARJIE KEUJEY :: : drive later this year as she will be traveling to Honduras for Spring Break. Wallace Ranger Madachis on It/ Six Wallace Middle School mariachi students were featured on KEYE-T~. Rangers Ryan Ramos, Jacob Lambert, Brandon Castillo, Hannah Mauricio, Mmee Velasque and Miguell Trujillo also performed at thte Dia de los Muertos Festiwal in Kyle. Kyle Animal Hospiita 100 HaLt Professional Ce:nter 268-5003 www. KyleVet.conn NEWI VACCINE CLINIC - SATURDAYS (Cat[ or visit website for dates ft detaitis) J ~I, tam / di' ,' ,>, / : ....... 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