Girls Empowered With Beautiful Me

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Seventh- and eighth-grade students at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School once again participated in Beautiful Me, a self-esteem program designed to educate and empower female students.

Facilitated by school social worker Ms. Amy Weissman, Beautiful Me was developed by the Hance Family Foundation and gives students the opportunity to honor the lives of three sisters, Emma, Allyson and Katie Hance. By participating in this self-esteem program, students learn to understand who they are, appreciate their own skills and qualities, and understand that there is gratification in helping others. 

The students discussed alternate views of beauty, distorted views of beauty from the media, and learned how to respect themselves and develop healthy relationships. They also engaged in activities that focused on self-esteem, values, problem-solving and positive motivation. Each student was provided with a paper hand and a paper doll to share the personality traits that make them beautiful on the inside. Each student was also provided with a compliment box and were encouraged to identify and write a meaningful, genuine and honest compliment for each member of the group. With that, they then shared their compliments with each other. 

At the end of the session, students received a three heart-shaped necklace from Jackie Hance of the Hance Family Foundation.