15 February 2008


Event for Middle School Girls March 29

On Saturday March 29, middle school girls from throughout the Ithaca area are invited to participate in "sister2sister2008". This is the eighth annual event and each has brought about 70 girls to the Women's Community Building in downtown Ithaca for a day of special activities designed for them.

Girls who participated in the past events reported that they had a lot of fun while they were doing the interesting and inspirational activities. This year's sister2sister theme is "Girls Growing Up Green". It will run from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

After hearing a presentation by biologist and author Sandra Steingraber: "Living Downstream-Saving the Environment, Saving Ourselves", high school age girls will guide the middle school girls as they rotate to several small group activities. Local professionals orient the high school mentors for their role.

There will be a lunch break and the "Love Your Body Fair". It will feature such things
as hair braiding, massage, face-painting and information on healthy lifestyles. Afterwards, more small group and large group activities are planned on the theme including
re-fashioning t-shirts.

The American Association of University Women and the Women's Community Building with numerous community organizations sponsor this program that features "enjoyment, education and empowerment" for girls. Other partners include Family and Children's Service, Tompkins County Solid Waste, SewGreen, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell Family Life Development Center, Ithaca College (Women's Studies, Theatre Arts, and Megaphone Media), and the Triad Foundation.

Girls and parents who are interested in the program and how to register can check with their school guidance office. Information is also available at the Women's Community Building, on the web site www.s2sithaca.org, by calling 280-4380, or emailing s2sithaca@yahoo.com. Registration forms and a $5.00 fee are encouraged by March 24. Fee waivers can be requested.

Adults can also contact the sister2sister organizing committee to volunteer to become involved or to offer financial support of the program. A free morning segment for adults (parents, teachers, counselors, friends) will also be offered. No registration is needed for this component.

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