Two SHS students interviewed by TV news

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STACY FRITZ
Staff Reporter

Sweetwater seniors, Kimberly Meador and Toni Perez offered an idea to Sweetwater High School Principle Kathy Smartt to help young women students.  The project, called “Girls Helping Girls”, thrust Kimberly and Toni into a leadership role, which wasn’t something they were used to.
About two weeks ago, Toni and Kimberly brought to attention how awkward it is to have to go to the bathroom, and back to class, just to ask to go to the nurse, and back to the bathroom again. The girls suggested to Mrs. Smartt, the principal, that they should put a source of pads and/or tampons into the girl’s bathrooms so that girls don’t have any surprises and run around with a wad of toilet paper in our underwear until they find what we need. They will also offer empowering messages on the stalls and mirrors in the women’s bathrooms. “So instead of like seeing like all the nasty rumors and stuff written on the stalls we’d just see a positive little message,” Kimberly said.
While the project is still in its early stages, Kimberly and Toni hope the younger students will continue “Girls Helping Girls” after they graduate.
“We want to leave something behind, something that could actually make a difference,” Toni said.
Smartt said she is extremely proud of them. “I could tell the minute they got moving forward with their project they were empowered.  They came up with girls helping girls which I thought was very clever,” Smartt said.
While the project is still in its early stages, Kimberly and Toni hope the younger students will continue “Girls Helping Girls” after they graduate. “We want to leave something behind, something that could actually make a difference,” Toni said.  Girls Helping Girls is still in the beginning stages but teachers and students can donate money or products to get the project off the ground.

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