‘Girls of Grace’ started six years ago when Principal Rhonda Hightower saw the need to correct student behavior and give girls the chance to learn life skills that will carry them into the next school year.
"The greatest thing is seeing more confidence in these girls as young ladies: who they are and who they can be," says Hightower.
Teachers nominate each of the girls to be a part of the program. This year 20 were selected.
"I have learned that you always need to treat people nice, because when you’re nice to someone it’s like sewing a good seed in their heart and if you’re mean to someone that’s sewing a bad seed in the heart and they’re going to be mean back," says 5th grader Brianna Sturgis.
How to dress modestly, use good table manners and Christian principles are also part of the lesson plan.
Teacher and coordinator for ‘Girls of Grace’ Emily Harper organizes 15 minutes Friday sessions to help the girls learn more about self-esteem, value, womanhood and respect.
"They would want to meet every day of the week if we could, and that means more to me than anything," Harper says, "They enjoy this program and they want to be a part of it."
Learn more about "Girls of Grace’ on the school’s website.