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Fireworks! Igniting Confidence in Girls: Healthy Body Image


On 10 April,  the Fireworks! outreach team facilitated its final lesson of the academic year with the 4th and 5th grade girls of Meadow Hill Elementary School. The final lesson was centered on having a healthy body image and the importance it has to being more confident, the foundational theme of the outreach. The opening icebreaker challenged girls to draw and discuss what society thinks a girl their age should look and act like. Cadets, in their small groups, then led discussions about differences, and why it is important to be different. This included a tough conversation about bullying people or being bullied because of difference. The conversations progressed to discussing the costs associated with trying to fit in with societal ideals, and social media expectations. 

The girls of Meadow Hill Elementary School have truly developed over the course of the year.  We are so proud to be a part of their lives. Fireworks! will return in the fall to start a new year of building confidence in girls!

Photos and story provided.


TEACHERS: Are you and your students doing something great? Please contact your Communication Strategist. We’d love to attend or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district! Grades PreK-5 Amanda McDowell (amcdowell@necsd.net) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net).



The final lesson started with a check on learning from all previous lessons.
The opening icebreaker involved the girls drawing what society says the “ideal girl” looks like, a talking point in the lesson.
The MHS girls talked about the cost of trying to make oneself fit a societal ideal in their small groups.
The closing craft involved origami butterflies, symbolizing their growth in confidence throughout the year.




Date: 2019-04-12 15:47:37





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