A special Jacksonville ISD student was given an updated look and some newfound confidence after a day of primping and pampering.
Nallely Posada, a junior at Jacksonville High School, spent the entire day Sept. 8 basking in the spotlight of attention as she underwent a transformation. Posada was given a updated haircut with highlights, a makeup makeover, manicure and a shopping spree courtesy of the Mostyn Moreno Foundation in Houston.
The foundation focuses on improving the lives and boosting the confidence of children born with special needs. Posada has Spina bifida.
Monte Osburn, executive director of the foundation, said the group is better known for its Christmas program, where students are given gift cards and allowed to pick out their own gifts. But, they wanted to treat a teenager to a spa day as a pilot program, and Jacksonville and Henderson ISDs were picked because of their wonderful working relationships with the foundation.
“For any girl getting in high school, it is a high pressure moment,” Osborn said. “Self esteem is right there, people are judging you on how you look and what you are, and if you have special needs (it can be) even more so.”
Nallely's sister, Noemi Posada, said the day was made even more special because Nallely turned 17 on Friday. She said the spa day felt like a belated birthday present.
“It was a little emotional,” Noemi said. “It felt so special to see her so happy. It's not like she gets to do that everyday. It's not like she gets to do that every month. It was a one-time experience, and we were all happy for her.”
Nallely's day began at 9 a.m. in the Rainbow's End salon, with Nallely's mother Francisca Toledo, Noemi, Dr. Leslie George, the director of special education for JISD and Osborne.
Kelsey Garner was her makeup artist and hair stylist. Nallely's brunette locks were cut, curled and highlighted with a deep chocolate color.
“When she showed up, they asked her what she wanted to do (to her hair),” Noemi said. “She was a little iffy on the highlights, but I pushed her. I said, 'Come on, it's time for a change.'”
Garner showed her how to apply makeup, and Lacy Franklin gave her a manicure.
Noemi said the end result was a beautiful, excited and confident woman.
“She's the baby and we never saw her look so grown up like that,” she said. “In our eyes she’s the baby.”
Before she left the salon, she was surprised with a gift from the owners of Gerry’s, Mary Kay, and Rainbow’s End of a jewelry holder, makeup and hair products.
After lunch, the group went to Beall's where Nallely picked out a new outfit from shoes to accessories.
Noemi said her family is thankful for the foundation, which gave her sister confidence..
“She get up and curls her hair now, and she tries to do her makeup,” she said. “I'm still trying to help her to do it. She learned a lot, and is looking forward to finding time.”
George said she as also noticed a change in Nallely.
“She always pushed herself to excel, but I don't think she's seen her light or how beautiful she is to other people and the way she shares herself to others,” George said. “I think this allowed her to see how beautiful she is. All the beautiful stuff from the inside can be seen from the outside.”
It was an experience, George said, she would would never forget.
“It was a wonderful way for me to spend my Saturday,” she said. “It was gift. I think everyone that was there got as much as they gave.”
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