Grant Helps PowerGirls Spread Anti-Bullying Message
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GREEN BAY -- Aldo Leopold School's PowerGirls are getting a little help to spread their message.
A $1,000 grant from the Youth Service America organization in Washington, D.C. will allow the Aldo Leopold PowerGirls to continue to speak out against bullying and give back to their local community. The PowerGirls may have the opportunity to appear on ABC-TV, and are in the running to receive an additional $5,000 grant from Youth Service America.
The PowerGirls are a student-led anti-bullying group that works to spread the message “we are stronger when we stand together.” For the 2013-14 school year, the PowerGirls have a variety of activities planned, including collecting gently used clothing to distribute to girls in need, collecting and distributing non-perishable food items for the Aldo food pantry, working with the Golden House to re-vamp their meditation garden, and collaborating with a non-profit in Africa to deliver sanitary items to girls so they can attend school. For these efforts and more, the group was awarded the $1,000 grant, which was written by Aldo community programs coordinator Sue Schwartz and one of the PowerGirls.
Last school year, the PowerGirls spoke to elementary fourth and fifth grade girls to teach them how to be confident, how to stand together against bullies, and how to use strategies to make the transition to middle school easier. The response to the PowerGirls presentations was overwhelmingly positive, as this excerpt from the grant application demonstrates: “The impact on the 4th and 5th grade girls that we have already served is profound. We have received many cards, photos and words of thanks from teachers, staff and students. Girls told us that we made them feel more confident; that now they knew what to do if they were bullied; that we are cool because we work so well together; and that someday, they want to be a PowerGirl.”