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Ms. Betty's Girls Group: Bondurant Middle and Western Hills High School
24 Sep 2013
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Several years ago Betty Lawson had the idea of working with groups of young girls to help them through their walk in life. Her own turbulent childhood had offered insight into some of the lives of her middle and high school students in rural Franklin, KY. She wanted to have discussions about what they wanted out of life and where they wanted to go, to have them keep a journal to record their experiences. After a year of trying to work this through in her head, she applied for an Art meets Activism Grant with The Kentucky Foundation for Women, who supported her idea to start this new program at Bondurant Middle and Western Hills High School.

As Lawson explained, "It was a new experience for both schools that soon caught on and showed great success. Some of the topics we discussed were dynamics at home and school, goals, decisions, anger management, relationships, bullying, compassion, serving others and gratitude. We have speakers come in through the year to talk to them about writing or having the strength to overcome their situations. At the end of the school year we go to the Soup Kitchen and serve our community. This is an eye opener for our students. It makes them truly grateful for what they have. We are eternally grateful to The Kentucky Foundation for Women for their support in making a difference in the lives of young women!"


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The artist or arts organization telling this story was supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. KFW is based on the belief that when women and girls advance, so does Kentucky. For more information about the foundation and the social change artmaking being done by the individuals and organizations it supports, visit www.kfw.org." 

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Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry Challenges Community Cross-Cultural Culture Education Empowerment Gender Local Rural-Urban Women Youth Books/Writing Project/Initiative School/Camp Southeast Student Teacher Writer Journaling
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