Kites boost student morale | Western Australia
“Who would have thought that we would have a flying whale in our school?” It was happiness in the air!
Students at Walkaway Elementary School made the remarks after Perth artist and kite-flyer Michael Alvarez and Walkaway identity Hazel “Jo” Logue gave them a treat on Monday.
Alvarez and Ms. Logue taught children how to make and fly kites.
Principal Megan Barrett said the students were “blown away”.
“Michael captivated the students with a lot of stories and information,” she said.
“They even heard about the first box kite made by Lawrence Hargrave, which was on the original $ 20 bill.
“The students caught kites, flew giant kites, and made their own kites.”
Ms Barrett said Mr Alvarez organized the protest in honor of his friend Ms Logue’s 91st birthday.
“The two met in 1987 during one of her visits to the Geraldton Art Gallery where Ms. Logue was volunteering,” she said.
“They then traveled to many countries and states, sharing a passion for kite making and flying, inspiring others to join in and question the sheer size and artistry involved.
Ms. Barrett described Ms. Logue as “a longtime contributor and driving force” to the development of Walkaway.
“With Ms. Nancy Hamersley, Ms. Logue co-founded the Walkaway Development Association and the first Kindergarten in 1957,” she said.