December 12 2016

MSMS Girls Attend "Empowering Girls Conference"

A group of Burlington students recently had the opportunity to meet with peers from other schools and hear speakers all in the name of empowerment.

According to the Marshall Simonds Middle School blog, fourteen girls from the school attended the “Empowering Girls Conference,” put on by Middlesex Partnership for Youth, on December 7.  The students had a chance to interact and talk with students from various school districts as well as listen to three local female leaders.

“Our Marshall Simonds representatives started the day collaborating on a poster that illustrated the special and unique characteristics of  our school, choosing to emphasize our one-on-one iPad program, the Robotics Club, Teen Light, and BEAM as well as several other activities,” the blog post reads. The girls then listened to opening remarks from District Attorney Marian Ryan. District Attorney Ryan, the only female District Attorney in Massachusetts,  talked about breaking the glass ceiling, building resiliency and becoming the leaders of the future.”  

There were also smaller breakout sessions that allowed that gave the girls an opportunity to work with students from other schools. They engaged in activities that focused on making smart choices and they created campaign posters highlighting their strengths and what makes  them good leaders

The students also heard from guest speakers Megan Costello, Executive Director of the Office of Women’s Advancement for the city of Boston,  and Kendra Foley, former Director of the Governor’s Office. and  Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Education, and currently a member of the Watertown School Committee.  Ms. Costello related her experience overcoming learning disabilities to become an engaged political activist, working on the Obama campaign in 2012.  Ms. Foley spoke about her experience as the only girl player on her Pop Warner Football team, as well as playing Division 1 College Field Hockey.

“The students had a nice lunch interacting with girls and advisors from other schools,” the school states. “The day ended in the auditorium where the group had a chance to share their dreams and goals for the future and how they would achieve them.”   


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