International Day of the Girl is celebrated each year on Oct. 11, and this year, Buffalo Seminary freshmen and seniors showed their girl power by joining together for a community service project, team games and a movie on the influence that the media has on females today.
In the morning, the students gathered in the school’s chapel for a presentation about a community service project called Sole Hope. In Uganda, Africa, most kids do not own shoes and their feet become diseased. Sole Hope was founded by Asher Collie to improve the lives of these children.
The Buffalo Seminary students then gathered in the school’s atrium, with old T-shirts, jeans and clean milk jugs spread across tables along with scissors, pinking shears and Sharpies. These materials were used to create shoe patterns that will be sent to Sole Hope, where they in turn will be sent to women who can sew them together to create shoes that will resemble Toms. The students at Buffalo Seminary created around 130 pairs of shoes.
After some games and lunch, the seniors were allowed to leave school to visit colleges, and the freshmen watched a documentary called “Miss Representation.”
The film was written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel. It studies the effect media has on women. The film features Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Condoleeza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Jean Kilbourne and Geena Davis.
After the movie, the freshmen discussed some of the points talked about in the movie. One student said it doesn’t matter what size clothing you wear because the sizes are different everywhere. A girl can walk into one store and be a size 0, then go into another and be a size 10, so people shouldn’t judge others based on clothing sizes.
Although there weren’t actual classes on this particular school day, Buffalo Seminary students learned a lot.
Aerin Wagner is a freshman at Buffalo Seminary.