JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The young ladies at one area high school stepped out of the classroom and took the day off Thursday.
The 5th annual "Girls Day Off" took place at Nettleton High School on Thursday.
Nettleton High School East Facilitator Sandra Taylor said this event is a chance to get their young women the information they need to succeed.
"This gives our girls the opportunity," Taylor said. "To come together. They are very interested in their future, what they're planning to do, how to defend themselves, and opportunities for wellness screenings. ASU is here talking about financial aid and there are even people here talking about just going to college, being involved and making good grades. Even the community service they can do in our area."
A variety of experts in different areas spent part of their day at NHS to make sure the young ladies had all their questions and concerns answered.
Senior Skyler Bailey said they covered a lot of valuable topics.
"We invite many successful women from our community," Bailey said. "To tell our girls about things like women's health. For example, self-breast examinations. We have some people from Victory Karate teaching us some self-defense moves because some of us are going to college soon. We have people talking about financial aid for college and places to go when you graduate to enter into the career field. So, it's a really helpful day for all ages of our girls, from 9th through 12th grade to just learn about the future."
Taylor said when they begin putting the event together, they ask the young ladies what they want to learn more about.
"We ask the girls each year what they're interested in," Taylor said. "What we can do to help them prepare for the future. And they give us a list of ideas and suggestions. Then they start contacting people that they know to come. I would encourage everyone to do this."
Bailey said she's walking away with some valuable information.
"Good information I've learned," Bailey said. "Is about the self-breast examinations. I think it's very important that we keep up with our health and she told us how to do it, what to look for. So, if we feel anything abnormal we need to go to the doctor and see if we have breast cancer."
Bailey said she feels other schools should follow their example.
"I think Nettleton sets a lot of examples," Bailey said. "Nettleton started this, but I think it would definitely be beneficial for all schools to adapt our concept and hold a Girls Day Off everywhere. I think it's very empowering for women. It recognizes us and allows us to be appreciated. And I think we deserve to be informed about things in the community to help women."
Taylor said it's about helping them get ready for the future they see for themselves.
"I want them to know they are prepared for the future," Taylor said. "That there are different resources and how to get to those. Just talking to the different presenters today they know there are things that will help them in the future."
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