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Friends, coworkers host surprise event for OHA educator

May 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Oak Hill Academy Elementary School Principal Jane Rives’ time at OHA is drawing to a close after 48 years, and her friends, former students and coworkers prepared a surprise for her on Tuesday.
Jewelry designer Ronaldo Needham, of Kentucky and the Indiana-based Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, visited OHA to present Rives with a handcrafted bracelet.
“It’s not often I have the pleasure of meeting a person who’s loved and taken care of children for 48 years,” Needham said, as he presented Rives with one of his Guardian Angel bracelets.
The Guardian Angel bracelet was meant to represent Rives’ husband, James, who passed away in 1997, according to Needham.
“James is your guardian angel up in heaven, looking down on you today and wishing you well on your journey,” he told Rives. “From the countless thousands you’ve influenced and from everybody in the community, we’re proud to present this to you.”
Former OHA student and current OHA parent Robin Bounds, owner of Robin’s Unique Boutique in Aberdeen, presented Rives with one of Needham’s Diamond Creation bracelets.
“The diamond is God’s love,” Needham said. “It’s not stiff and stationary, but it’s around you constantly and has been since the day you were born, and will be always.”
Bounds said Needham was going to be visiting her store Tuesday, as she is one of the 440 stores in the U.S. that sell his products, and he agreed to come out to Oak Hill as a favor to her.
“I just wanted to give Mrs. Rives something she would remember,” she said. “She collects Ronaldo’s bracelets and I thought that would be a good, lasting memory for her.”

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