Nailah, the poster child for safety
A Northlands Primary School student’s win in a contest promoting safety came as little surprise to her teacher.
Grade 2 student Nailah Chimbi was recognised as the winner of the annual Belco Bird Kite Safety Poster Competition in the run-up to Bermuda’s Good Friday kite-flying celebrations.
Nailah’s poster was selected as the best overall example of kite safety out of a total of 226 entries from local grade one and grade two students.
Her winning work featured Belco Bird flying his kite at the beach, an activity she said she also enjoyed.
Tracey Rayner, Nailah’s teacher, said the news of her student’s win was a reflection of her skills as an artist.
“When the principal had announced that one of the Northlands students had won, and he said from P2, I knew right away that it was Nailah,” she said.
Nailah’s work always incorporates a lot of detail, penmanship, and artistic skill, her teacher said.
“She really puts a lot of thought and effort into it,” Ms Rayner said.
The teacher described her pupil as a quiet and humble “student of excellence”, displaying respectfulness, responsibility, a willingness to learn, and safety.
“She exhibits them every day, in and out of class, during school work as well as in the playground,” the educator said.
“She is a model student.”
Nailah said of the recognition of her work: “It made me feel happy, since I like doing art.”
The competition is part of the company’s 29-year-old campaign to promote safe kite flying and construction.
A Belco spokeswoman said: “The judges felt that Nailah’s poster not only showed great artistic flair and communicated the kite safety rules, but also captured the spirit of kite-flying in Bermuda. It’s wonderful to have so many students embrace these rules, as we want everyone to have a happy and safe Good Friday.
“It just goes to show what a wonderful holiday Easter is for all Bermudians and how important kite-flying is to our culture.”
For her work, Nailah was presented with a $500 donation for her class, as well as a handcrafted Bermuda kite. Nailah’s work, along with others, can be viewed in the lobby of the Belco building.
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