After a summer of fun and learning, the young women of Girls Inc. are spending a day celebrating what they've learned and the relationships they've built this summer.
"They appreciate our staff, and we appreciate them too, so it's really nice to have that kind of bond, that mutual giving kind of thing. They learn from us, but we kind of learn from them too," Dani Dahlkoetter, a member of the Girls Inc. staff said.
It's the back to school party at Girls Inc. The girls and staff play games, do trivia, and have a blast.
"We went to make pencil holders, cause it's back to school. That's the favorite part that I like," Chynnal James, a Girls Inc. member said.
But it is more than just a celebration of what they've accomplished this summer. It's a time when back to school donations come into the building. Supplies and clothing from a recent charity drive are available for the girls and their families to look through so they can take what they need.
"It means a lot, because some of the families, they need that, some of them it's just nicely appreciated for them. It just helps the girls to be able to succeed. That's one less thing that they don't have to worry about," Melissa Ortiz, Program Director for Girls Inc. said.
Supplies are a way for the girls to anticipate the start of a fresh new school year.
"We get back packs, which I hope I get probably a blue one, cause that's my favorite color," Anna Uhl, a Girls Inc. member said.
Thanks to Girls, Inc., these empowered young women will be ready to take on another year of learning.
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