Area Girls Learn How to be STARS

by Josh Overholser on June 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

Over 50 area junior high girls learned how to be stars this week.

STARS, which stands for sensitivity, tolerance, attitude, responsibility, and self esteem, wrapped up their 11th annual summer camp at Zane Grey Elementary on Thursday. Coordinator Ronelle Barnett said the girls had no shortage of activities to partake in.

"They are doing everything this week from sewing, they’re talking about values, and they’ve done cake decorating," she said.  "We’re doing a program with Girl Scouts called Girltopia. They are learning about college, how to get there, how to get a job, and how to fill out applications, all that kind of stuff. They’re making pajama shorts this week. We’ve been busy."

In addition to all the activities, the campers also heard from speakers who addressed topics such as cyber-bullying, respect, and confidence.

"I think that it’s really fun, and I’m learning a lot of new things because it really motivates me, especially when I heard the speakers," said Halina Dingo who will be an 8th-grader at West Muskingum next year.  "They’re just intriguing."

Barnett says the feedback from the girls has been nothing but positive. The ultimate goal is to simply help the students with self esteem and how to handle being a kid along with the transition to college and adulthood.