The Woodward News

April 19, 2013

Girl Power set Saturday

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The transition to middle school can be tough.  A local group is hoping to make that transition a little easier for area girls through a program known as Girl Power!

The annual Girl Power seminar is sponsored by the Woodward Area Coalition.

This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20 at High Plains Technology Center.

Jennifer Pribble, one of the event organizers, said Girl Power is geared specifically toward 5th and 6th grade girls "because they're changing over roles as they go into middle school; they're growing up."

During this time of growth, it is important for girls to learn how to make healthy choices, in terms of both their physical health and their mental and emotional health, Pribble said.

That is why Girl Power includes fun and interactive workshops designed to "help girls build their self-confidence and self-esteem," she said.

This year the 4 workshops include:

• Eat, Breathe, DANCE! - where the girls will learn how to make healthy snacks and also do some Zumba dance workout exercises;

• Fashion Frenzy - where some sales girls from a local clothing store will bring some items and "show the girls how to make 10 different outfits out of just a few articles of clothing," while teaching the girls about how they can boost their confidence through how they dress, Pribble said;

• Peace, Love, & U! - where the girls will make friendship bracelets as they learn about the importance of being a good friend and how to build positive friendships; and

• Get Physical! - which is a self defense class where the girls will learn "some simple things they can do to protect themselves that they may have not realized before," Pribble said.

"The self-defense class is a favorite," she said.  "Because it's so interactive.  And Zumba is too because they get to get up and dance."

Pribble said that information about the Girl Power event was sent out to area schools, so girls should have received sign up forms at their school.

However, "if you did not get a form, we will have extra forms at High Plains Technology Center on Saturday.  But we have to have a guardian there to sign the forms for the girls.  We can't have a friend's mom or anything like that, it has to be the girl's own parent or guardian."

For more information about the upcoming Girl Power event, contact Pribble at (580) 254-5322.