CHARLOTTE, N.C. – They say ‘girls just wanna have fun.’
Well, they do, but they also want to learn, in particular the girls at Hidden Valley Elementary School.
“The girls work on self esteem, self awareness. They learn who they are and then how they feel about themselves,” said Vanessa Sealey, a school counselor.
The girls are part of a group at the elementary school called Just Us Girls.
“Just Us Girls is a social, emotional development group,” she said. “One of the things we talk about is friendship.”
“If you don’t have friends, what are you going to do,” asked Dora Camp, a student at Hidden Valley and a member of the group. The girls have been meeting weekly.
One particular meeting included an ice cream social where the girls were allowed to invite a friend, teacher or mentor to talk about different things.
The idea is to teach the girls to have respect for themselves, among other things, so that in turn, they’ll treat others with respect and kindness.
“I always tell the girls you treat people kindly and always put yourself in their shoes,” said Sealey.
“It’s good to be kind because without kindness you don’t get respect,” added Camp.
It seems the lesson, just like the ice cream and all of its toppings, hit the spot.
“Kindness is important because my mom always says even if people treat you badly, you should treat them nice because that’s the right thing to do,” said Essence Connor-Barringer.
“When I’m treated with kindness, I feel really good and I feel happy,” said Connor-Barringer.