BY JOSH PRESLEY
Oak Hill Academy Elementary School Principal Jane Rivesâ€™ 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.
â€śItâ€™s not often I have the pleasure of meeting a person whoâ€™s loved and taken care of children for 48 years,â€ť Needham said, as he presented Rives with one of his Guardian Angel bracelets.
The Guardian Angel bracelet was meant to represent Rivesâ€™ husband, James, who passed away in 1997, according to Needham.
â€śJames is your guardian angel up in heaven, looking down on you today and wishing you well on your journey,â€ť he told Rives. â€śFrom the countless thousands youâ€™ve influenced and from everybody in the community, weâ€™re proud to present this to you.â€ť
Former OHA student and current OHA parent Robin Bounds, owner of Robinâ€™s Unique Boutique in Aberdeen, presented Rives with one of Needhamâ€™s Diamond Creation bracelets.
â€śThe diamond is Godâ€™s love,â€ť Needham said. â€śItâ€™s not stiff and stationary, but itâ€™s around you constantly and has been since the day you were born, and will be always.â€ť
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.
â€śI just wanted to give Mrs. Rives something she would remember,â€ť she said. â€śShe collects Ronaldoâ€™s bracelets and I thought that would be a good, lasting memory for her.â€ť