Mandarin Oaks Student of the Week

7:22 PM, Mar 19, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A positive attitude really helped a Mandarin Oaks Elementary 1st grader recover from the swine flu and then a broken leg.  She faced some tough challenges this year with determination and kindness.  Shelby Ivey is our Student of the Week.

Six-year-old Shelby Ivey likes school. "I like doing math, reading, and lunch!" Earlier this year, she had a tough time getting around school. She got the swine flu, followed by pneumonia, and then she broke her leg.

"I was in the hallway walking and I tripped over some backpacks and I fell and I twisted my leg and it broke," she said.

She was in cast for awhile, then a boot. Shelby's teacher said she didn't let it get her down.

"She's a very sweet child. Tries very hard as you can see," said first grade teacher Chris Amerling. 

Shelby was even awarded their 'Kindness Student of the Month' because she is always helping others.

"For example, like when other children get an award or something she's always giving the child a pat on the back and says, 'congratulations,'" said Amerling.

Shelby said she knows it's important to always be nice.

"When they get something wrong, I clap for them because I'm proud of them because when you make mistakes you just learn about making mistakes," said Shelby.

Shelby plans to work hard in school and she hopes to someday become a doctor or a teacher.

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