Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s 3rd Annual Hardy Days a Huge Success

For Immediate Release

Date: July 27, 2011
Contacts: Tia Achey (207.991.1123) or Emily Price (207.861.8131)

Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s 3rd Annual Hardy Days a huge success

WATERVILLE, ME — Last week 12 girls in 2nd-5th grade from around Central Maine came together for three days of unique, interactive summer programming for girls.  This year, the three day program gave girls the opportunity to meet other girls from around Central Maine and participate in hands-on, low-cost workshops that promoted teamwork and leadership skills.  Workshops were conducted by women in the fields of business, art, and science from Athens to Waterville.

“It’s important to support and engage girls in a broad range of experiences that will expand their ideas when they think about their future careers,” according to Jackie Dupont, Programs Director of Hardy Girls.  “It’s one thing to tell girls that they can do anything, but to be able to see someone like themselves in these roles is critical if girls are to genuinely picture themselves capable of pursuing any and all career choices.”

In collaboration with community members and volunteers, including the L.C. Bates Museum, Colby College Art Museum, and the Blessed Maine Herb Farm, girls developed a deeper understanding about themselves while expanding their horizons.  The workshops covered entomology, the natural history of Maine’s coastline, creative arts such as collaging and tie-dyeing, backpacking skills and safety, entrepreneurship, and herbology.  Girls walked away from the jam-packed, exciting program with their own gardens, new friendships, and a broader sense of who they can be when they grow up.

After attending camp, Jillian, age 8, had this to say: “I think girls can be themselves and be what we want to be and it’s alright to stand up for ourselves and we can be very successful together.”

Katie, age 9, learned that “Girls can do anything and I can depend on other girls.”

With refreshing revelations like these, who needs lemonade?

To get more information about Hardy Days and other programs, visit www.hghw.org or call 207.861.8131. 

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a non-profit located in Waterville, Maine working to ensure all women and girls are independent, safe, and equal in their everyday lives. 

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