Girls’ Night Out promotes self-esteem and new friendships

A girl gets her makeup done at Girls Night OutMore than 70 Schuylerville High School girls enjoyed an evening of fun activities during the annual Girls’ Night Out event on Friday, May 8 at Schuylerville High School. Girls’ Night Out featured several workshops on a variety of topics, including hair care, nail care, make-up tips, and craft activities. This year’s co-chairs of the event were teachers Courtney Tavares and Lynn Sorrentino. Dozens of staff members, parents and students volunteered their time to help make the event possible.

“The event was a tremendous success,” Tavares and Sorrentino said. “We’re hopeful that the girls had an opportunity to build their self-esteem and make new friends while they were having fun. I want to thank everyone who helped us put this event together, and a special thanks to Cathy Ippoliti, Deb Bartolucci, Donna Maggiore, Beth Bayer, Zoe Fitzgerald and Nicole Tabor for the countless volunteer hours and encouragement of our girls.”

The enthusiasm of the students who participated seemed to build throughout the evening as they proceeded from workshop to workshop. The following workshops were available:

  • Kirsten O’Brien, Schuylerville graduate and long-term substitute, taught the girls how to make colorful beaded necklaces.
  • Amy Jordan, SCS Elementary teacher, showed the girls how to create a stamp-booking card or craft for their lockers.
  • Krista Senator and Laura Dooley, SCS Elementary teachers, led the girls through a series of relaxing and energizing yoga poses.
  • Krista Haley, local salon owner and SCS parent, demonstrated hair care tips while upping the “glamour factor” with French braids, cornrow braids, crown braids, and spiral curls. Karissa Yellen, SCS student, and another BOCES student were on hand to assist.
  • Tierney Cary, SCS graduate, mesmerized the girls with amazing make-up transformations and “how to” tips for doing their make-up.
  • Maddy Maggiore, SCS eighth-grader, and Donna Maggiore, ISS aide, wowed with magnificent manicures and nail care tips.

The evening ended with pizza, which was donated from D’Andreas, and a round of musical chairs where the girls fiercely battled it out for raffle bags full of beauty supplies.

Every girl who participated received a goodie bag with beauty items, thanks to a generous donation by Cathy Ippoliti, a Stewart’s gift card for a free ice cream sundae or milkshake, and a Challenge By Choice (CBC) gift certificate for a free class for two at the studio. Hannaford donated a $75 gift card to offset snack costs, Mrs. Bartolucci’s Gourmet Foods class made treats for the event, and John Rivers, a local grandfather of four Schuylerville students, baked 200 of his famous chocolate chip cookies for the event.

The event organizers also want to thank Pam Bonesteel for making all of the invitations and Mrs. Roberts’ class for hand delivering each invitation.

Cystic Fibrosis wristbands were also on sale for a $2 donation to raise awareness and to promote a CF cure.