North High School Girls Discover True Beauty

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Valley Stream North High School once again welcomed the Hance Family Foundation’s Beautiful Me program. Girls explored the true meaning of beauty through this self-esteem initiative, which emphasizes the value of genuine qualities, self-awareness and helping others.

According to the Hance Family Foundation, only 2 percent of women believe they are beautiful. The program’s lessons help girls of all ages realize their strengths and abilities. Throughout October and November, the students focused on redefining the meaning of beauty, appreciating their unique qualities and accepting compliments. 

Students in Vanessa Coppeto’s eighth-grade class were split into small groups, the first of which met with teachers Lauren Byrne and Sharon Zovich and student facilitator/junior Brianna Carlino to talk about positive self-esteem. They spoke about accepting compliments and saying thank you instead of twisting compliments into something negative. “It’s important to love ourselves,” Ms. Burn said.

The students also decorated heart shaped boxes and wrote compliments to each other on colorful strips of paper. Once they were finished, the girls went around the table to share what their peers wrote to them. Many wrote very thoughtful, detailed notes.

The second group of students was led by teachers Jennifer Kehoe and Renee Bobe. They took part in the same activity and discussion.
As another component of Beautiful Me, North’s Career and Technology Education Honor Society is holding a toy drive for the Hance Family Foundation-Beautiful Me Project. All toy donations will be distributed to local families in need. Students and staff members interested in participating may bring unwrapped, new toys for boys and girls to room 101 by Dec. 13.

The Hance Family Foundation started the Beautiful Me program after losing their three daughters in a devastating car accident. To celebrate the end of their training, all the North students received a keychain with three hearts and a photo card of Emma, Alyson and Katie Hance. The other side of the card said “Thank you for taking the time to learn about my daughters – Emma, Alyson and Katie. Perhaps more importantly, thank you for taking the time to learn how to feel strong, confident and kind to others! You are beautiful. Love, Jackie Hance.”