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Junior League "Girl Power" promotes self esteem, community service

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TYLER (KYTX)--A large group of sixth grade girls got together at the Green Acres One-Ten Student Center Saturday for a special "Girl Power" event put together by the Tyler Junior League.

The Girl Power events are meant to help develop self esteem, health and encourage community service.

Hogg Middle School buddies Gracie Brownling and Gracie McCaskill has girl power.

"We want to help the community and make it a better place," said Brownling.

"I like to learn about how to keep myself healthy," said McCaskill.

Brownling and McCaskill said getting up early on a Saturday is worth it. Those feeling is what Junior LEague Assistant Girl Power coordinator Amy Ames wants all the girls to take with them.

"Trying to build leaders that can help build, our community as well," said Ames.

There are three Girl Power events held throughout the year geared toward sixth grade girls. Ames said working with the sixth grade age group is important because at that age range, self esteem health is most important.

"The first event focused on self esteem, and the second event focused on fitness and health and the third event is I am strong," said Ames.

 The events are meant to be fun, but for many of the people participating, it's great to be able to help someone else.

"I think it's really nice to make things for other people and then getting to see them smile after you've worked hard to make them happy and you don't have to get paid or anything like that, it's just really fun to help them out," said McCaskill.

McCaskill is referring to the Linus Blanket Project. Blankets are hand made then donated to sick and injured children around the country. PArticipating in the LInus project was just one of many Girl Power participants took part in.

As McCaskill said, it was also fun to get to hang with friends while doing something good for someone else.

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