For the second year, a student at the Shelby School is one of the winners in Arizona State University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. poster-essay contest.
Second-grader Helene Galloway won second place for her poster in the primary category. Her entry depicts a black girl and a white girl standing together in a field of flowers and bears the message: "I play with Hannah. It doesn't matter who you play with. Martin Luther King taught me how to play with black people. So did my heart."
Shelby Vice Principal Zeb Rensch attributed the school's continuing strength in this particular competition to several factors.
"In addition to the traditional curriculum, we've always stressed the arts, and we have a wonderful art teacher who works with the kids year-round," Rensch said. "The theme of the contest this year was Service Leadership -- leaders in your community who basically give, and that's something we always stress around here. So it's an idea that was easy for us to bridge because of the values we are trying to instill out here -- you always try to have compassion for others, and to look for ways you can be helpful and kind."
Galloway, whose parents both work at the Shelby School, was one of 24 children statewide who won awards in the competition. Rensch described her as very intelligent and personable -- "a delight to be around."
She and the other 23 statewide winners will receive savings bonds and prize ribbons from new ASU President Michael Crow at a celebration breakfast Jan. 29 on the Tempe campus. The winning posters will be displayed at the event, have been printed as bookmarks, and may be viewed at www.asu.edu/mlk.
The Shelby School is a K-8 charter school in Tonto Village.