Throughout the month of October, our partner organization, Room to Read, supported global literacy with several “Booktober” events . We at Girls Supporting Girls are big fans of global literacy as well, so we decided to host a Booktober event of our own.
Board member Kim Bahna and I invited a group of third grade girls to discuss how they could help other girls around the world go to school. We watched a clip from the movie “Girl Rising” and discussed the barriers (sometimes financial, sometimes cultural) that girls face in obtaining an education.
Then, we created “Inspiration Journals,” where the girls wrote about people and things that inspired them to be strong and fearless. The girls also created bookmarks. Each girl was asked to bring a small donation for Room to Read; some of donated their allowance or other money they had saved! We discussed the collective power of their donations (almost $500!) and how together, the funds they raised could buy 10 bikes for girls to travel to school or 20 school uniforms or two full scholarships. Some of the girls were so inspired that they have planned their own fundraising events.