CLARK — “Girls Circle,” a program initiated by Clark Public Schools elementary Guidance Counselor Ashley Aligo, continues to boost pre-teen girls’ confidence. Girls Circle is a group that allows fifth grade girls at Frank K. Hehnly School and Valley Road School to express themselves and address “tween” concerns regarding growing older, friendships, peer pressures, and self-esteem.
Recently in Girls Circle, the girls were instructed to look around to the other members of the group and think about something they liked and that was unique about each member. They were then put into a line and given their “flower power” handout. On this paper, the girls wrote their name and then passed their paper to the person next to them. When that person received their neighbor’s paper, they were to write something kind, anonymously, about the girl whose paper it was. This continued down the line until each girl had received every other girl’s paper and written on it.
After the exercise, girls were able to read everyone’s comments about them and reflect on the compliments as a group. Girls were asked to share what they already knew about themselves, and what was surprising to them. This was a great confidence boosting exercise and allowed the girls to learn about their positive qualities through someone else’s eyes. Many of the girls commented that they received compliments about something they didn’t even know or realize about themselves. This exercise gave the girls a sense of pride and enhanced their self-esteem.
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