Cool Girls is a non-profit organization unique to Atlanta which started in 1989 in the East Meadows housing community. Today, this program is present in 9 Title 1 middle and elementary schools and has over 350 participants in grades 2 through 8. Cool Girls is devoted to the self-empowerment of young girls instilling leadership, confidence, and self-respect. The goal of this program is to give each Cool Girl the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty, teen pregnancy, and low self-esteem.
St. Peter and St. Paul has been supporting Cool Girls for over 25 years. 200 girls that have earned the privilege to come our event must attend weekly meetings given by the Cool Girls organization. The Cool Girls committee at our church plans and prepares a full day of fun for all Cool Girls. The objective is to reward these young ladies for their hard work and effort throughout their previous school year and to get them excited and motivated for the upcoming school year.
For 2019, the big event is Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 3 pm. The Cool Girls committee plans many fun activities that include hip-hop dancing, face painting, playing bingo, decorating a binder or pencil box, eating a lunch from Chick-fil-A, and shopping at 10 different stations in our Back to School Boutique.
Sounds cool, right? Please join us and find out first-hand all that goes on during this great event. We encourage girls in Middle and High School to join us in the planning process because they have a unique perspective on what’s hip and what’s not for young girls. In addition, these young volunteers will receive service hours, if needed which is cool, too.
As you do your spring cleaning, please keep in mind some of the items that could be donated towards the 10 stations for the boutique. All of the Cool Girls will be shopping for:
Pajamas – gently used and in all sizes (age appropriate)
Personal care items – brushes, hair accessories and products, lotions, make-up and bath products
Purses – all sizes and kinds for girls
Jewelry – new and gently used for girls
Hair Accessories – hats, gloves, scarves (warm scarves and fashion scarves)
Room Décor items– small decorative items such as picture frames, jewelry holders, pillows, or wall plaques
Fun school supplies – cute folders, small calculators, locker items, etc.
Books – youth and young adult books.
Stuffed Animals – any kind and any size
Games & Toys – card games, board games, craft kits, dolls, and anything that brings a smile
Please put your donations in the Outreach closet in the blue bin marked Cool Girls. Thank you. Any questions, please contact Cheryl Leagan at email@example.com or Beth Bilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.