Kendyl Stark has been recognized as Penguin of the Month for her work within the school.
Because I am a Girl is a foundation under plan Canada that promotimng the rights of girls and bring millions of girls out of poverty around the world. “As the Vice President of the Youth Advisory Council, I was looking for resources on the plan international website when I was led to the Because I am A Girl foundation. I read up about it and it struck a cord in me. I started thinking about how lucky I was to have so much privilege,” Stark says.
The program allows people to sponsor girls for $504 a year to get them, their families, and their communities, education, legal rights, medical care, family planning, food, and water. For the girls, the education system decreases their chances of being forced into marriage at a young age.
“Seeing these young girls with so little broke my heart so I decided to use my position to help out someone else. On the first day of school I went to my math teacher and Me To We director, Mrs.Corcoran and I said, ‘I need some help,’” she says.
“I showed her what I wanted to do and from there, we worked hard for a good two months to organize the event.”
In the end, South Peace students and staff had a great time at the event, everything worked out amazingly, and Stark ended up being able to sponsor two girls for a year.
Gridiron Fitness supports Penquin of the Month, as well as Athlete of the Month at DCSS.
“She’s an amazing young lady,” notes Gridrion owner Tammy Schmidt.