Kites Teach Life Lessons On Waveland Beach

Art educators from New York brought inspiration and hurricane healing to students in South Mississippi.

A group called "Dream Yard" hosted a creative workshop for teens from three area high schools. One highlight was a symbolic kite flying adventure on the beach in Waveland Thursday afternoon.

They marched to the beach with colorful kites and high ambitions.

"It's athletic. So you're going to have to go under the kite and back onto the beach. Then, whatever happens to the kite, happens to the kite," said one of the instructors.

The students quickly learned the fickle wind controls the kite.

"All right! I'm just going to let it go," screamed one teenage girl.

Sometimes letting go is difficult. Or watching your kite crash land. That creation of paper and wood is both strong and unpredictable.

"We decided that kites would be a beautiful symbol of the kids making reconciliation with the wind and triumphing over the forces that caused all this destruction," said Tameka Robinson with Dream Yard.

Ashley Anderson's kite finally took off.

"It's finally worked. It's got a hole, but it worked," she screamed.

Other kites self destructed.

"Mine's broken. I'm so broken hearted," said one young lady.

"And I got it up in the air for 20 seconds and I was so excited. But then it just made this total crash landing onto the sand. And it ended up like this," said Ashton Hudson.

Besides seeing kites as a metaphor for life, a part of the experience is about sharing feelings and having fun.

"It's wonderful. It's been a lot of healing for the kids. It's been laughter. The kids have come together. They've written. They've done a lot of things that have just helped them cope with the things that have gone on in their life the past couple months," said Bay High principal, Marca Boyer Alexander.

They learned how to overcome and how to succeed.

By Steve Phillips