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Our female children in the elementary schools are going through many phases of growth and change. During these years, girls normally experience many stresses due to academic demands, social relationships, relational aggression and peer pressure.

I currently run 3 groups of “Girl Power” for 4th, 5th and 6th grade. These groups meet twice a month during their regularly scheduled lunch period. The goal of these groups is to focus on self image, self-control, responsibility, conflict resolution, relational aggression, peer situations, social relationships and body image. I will lead the girls in discussions and complete simple activities that address the issues listed. All participation is voluntary. I strongly feel that allowing girls the opportunity such as this is important in their development and relationships.

As the school counselor, I often focus on preventative strategies that assist in empowering your child. Every year, I have many different groups at Sligo and Rimersburg Elementary Schools. These groups allow each child to safely express themselves in a small group setting with their peers focusing on age related issues.

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