Hi again! Shea here. *Waving.* This week I would like to say thank you.
I would like to say thank you to the wonderful women of Future Women of Appalachia who facilitated the Second Annual Girl Power Etiquette Formal. Future Women of Appalachia, a sustainable grassroots organization of university women, works to empower middle school girls through innovative programming.
I would like to say thank you to our middle school girls, Appalachia’s future women. They are among the most intelligent, strong, beautiful, and kind young women I know.
I would like to thank the folks who make innovative programming possible. To the gentlemen who dressed up in suits and acted with grace; to the ladies who, through their fortitude and kindness, created The World’s Fanciest Restaurant in the Multicultural Center. I want to say thank you to friends of friends who showed up at the last minute dressed to the nines, who came not because they knew why they were there, but because they knew they were needed. To the volunteers who moved tables and washed dishes, tore down decorations and convinced girls that escalators are not toys; to the women who sat up a nail studio and salon in Trimble Middle School Friday afternoon, to the kind limo driver who gladly transported mentees to Ohio University. I would like to say thank you to our caterer, our photographers, and our etiquette and cultural facilitators. I would like to say thank you to the local Punk music community for donations of corsages (the girls grinned), to Greek Life for elaborate goody bags (the girls squealed), to SAC (it was awesome!) and to every woman who donated a dress or shoes to our cause (the girls called themselves princesses).
I would like to say thank you to the Ohio University Women’s Center and Multicultural Center being such wonderful hosts, for allowing us to use your space, and for appreciating the whimsy and noise that comes with middle schoolers.
Mostly I would like to say thank you, perhaps even selfishly, for making something I would call a dream into a reality. For allowing FWA and myself to dream really, really big. To dream really really big and to go home.
So thank you. Thank you thank you thank you thank you, and thank you. It mattered. We appreciated it. There was an epicenter of happiness on February 10th, 2012, and it only happened (like most things only happen) with a little help from our friends.
This blog has been written by Shea Daniels, a volunteer at the Women’s Center