This high school student’s beautiful art work is going viral after her teacher posted it on Twitter — and that’s some good news we need right now
14-year-old Jada Allen of Atlanta is an incredible artist who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. When she failed to recognize her own talent, her teacher tweeted some images of Jada’s artwork and they immediately went viral. Kwaku Mensah, a math and science teacher at Charles Drew Charter School in Atlanta, took to Twitter to share a photo of one of Jada’s pieces and asked his followers to retweet it. Mensah got the idea after chatting with Jada, a top student at Charles Drew.
"She told me that she did art. I LOVE visual art because I never was very good at it," Mensah said. "So I asked to see some of her work. She was bashful at first but she showed me. Her sketchbook was amazing. I told her how I felt about it and she said, 'Oh it's ok. It's not that good.' I replied, 'Let me post it on my Twitter and see what the world says.' And here we are."
In just three days, the tweet has already been shared nearly 142,000 times. Mensah explained that he got the idea to share the image on Twitter because students are growing up in the digital age.
"I figured if she got a couple of thousand retweets I'd make her smile, build some confidence, bring her some joy. I just wanted her to recognize the talent she has and be proud of it. I wish someone had done that for me at her age," he said.
Jada has received positive feedback from over 2,000 Twitter users — including Rosie O’Donnell.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing young artist.