by Emily Miller
The Girl Thing, an event for senior and freshman girls, will start April 23 and last until April 27. The program, run by health teachers Ms. Susan Kolesar with help from Health Teacher Ms. Michelle Spreitzer, English teachers Ms. Jill Veltri and Ms. Kate Anderson and 25 senior girls, will provide an open forum for topics of such as drinking, socializing, sexuality, and self confidence, according to Kolesar.
"The purpose is to show young girls that there is another way to spend their Friday nights, that they can stay above the influences and pressures that undeniably exist in high schools," said senior Sarah Collins.
According to senior Kayla Seigelstein, the senior girls will be creating activities and stimulating the conversation at the event to teach the freshman girls how to handle certain social situations they may encounter in the future. The goal is for the freshman girls to learn in a relaxed environment: they can choose what to say and participate as much as they want, according to Seigelstein.
On Monday during Periods 5 or 6, Sensie Alan, the Head Master at Karate N Motion, will donate his time at the Self-Defense Workshop, which is open to all girls.
Some participants have read and will discuss the book Smashed by Koren Zailckas, the story of a woman’s constant alcohol abuse. The discussion for Smashed will be held on Tuesday, open only to those who signed-up already, during Periods 5 or 8.
On Thursday during period 5 Kolesar and the senior Girl Thing participants will lead the open event "Off the Hook: A Look at the Effects of "Hook-ups" on Young Woman."
Additionally, two students will tell their true story of how their actions led to the arrest of a sexual predator on Thursday, during period 8, which is open to all girls.
Also, numerous senior girls have written anonymous letters to be read at The Girl Thing to prompt discussion about divorce, mental health issues, relationship violence, suicide, sexuality and more. On Friday during both Periods 6 and 7, the anonymous letters will be read to ninth and tenth grade girls.
Senior Hannah Bass said, "The letters also let you know that you are not alone when you think you are."
All presentations will be held in the auditorium lobby.
Bass said, "The Girl Thing is a great way to discuss issues that we might not feel comfortable sharing in Health class. Freshmen should really take advantage of this opportunity."