Vaughn Fifth Grader’s Message of Kindness Wins

Sep 23, 2020

Google Homepage with Sharon Sara's ArtworkCongratulations to Vaughn Elementary School fifth grade student Sharon Sara who has won the US 2020 Doodle for Google contest and is featured on the homepage of Google’s website in the United States.

Vaughn Elementary is buzzing with excitement as teachers and students are elated to see her work featured so prominently on the high-traffic website and search engine. She has been featured in national news stories including Newsweek, USA Today, and many more.

Sharon submitted artwork to the Doodle for Google contest in the spring along with tens of thousands of children from across the country who entered the contest answering the prompt “I show kindness by…”

Sharon’s art describes how kindness can be practiced through friendship and inclusion.

“I show kindness by sticking together with my friends in rough times,” Sharon said in her art statement. “I drew people coming together and not thinking about the outside but being together because of their personality.”

Sharon’s message and art resonated with the nation during a vote in August and has already made an impact on her campus, where art is considered an essential part of the student experience.

Art teacher Kristen Bourdier has been Sharon’s art teacher since Vaughn opened and isn’t surprised that her artwork has drawn so much attention.

“Sharon has always been an outside-the-box thinker and always takes her own path with her artwork,” Bourdier said. “Sharon’s artwork is a direct reflection of who she is as a caring student.

“She is a sweet kid who gets along with everybody and always pushes herself to take what is taught in art and makes it unique to her vision.”

Sharon with FISD staffThis morning, as all Vaughn students gathered for their morning meetings, Principal Susie Graham rushed across the campus to congratulate and celebrate Sharon, who is currently participating in virtual instruction.

“Everyone on campus is smiling and talking - we are on cloud nine and we just can’t help but be so proud of her and her accomplishment,” said Principal Graham. “She has been with us since 2016 when our campus opened and everyone on campus knows her.”

As a winner of the Doodle for Google contest, Sharon has won $30,000 in college scholarship money and $50,000 in technology for Vaughn Elementary.

“As a campus, we feel incredibly fortunate that Sharon has won this award,” Graham said. “The financial winnings will impact our campus and students for years to come and as a fifth grade student, she is already an icon who is leading by example.

“I can’t wait to see how this will enhance what we already do educationally. The students are so excited and there is no doubt that students will be inspired technologically and artistically as a result of Sharon’s example. She is already inspiring students on this campus and I don’t doubt we have a few doodlers who are ready for their time to shine, just like her.”

Bourdier agrees and is excited about how students in her art classes are inspired by Sharon’s art.

“Art is essential,” Bourdier said. “Kids express themselves in a variety of ways and many of them find art as an outlet. We are proud of Sharon and her accomplishment and the legacy that she will leave to the students after her.”

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