Offering up pearls of wisdom
Published: Oct 09, 2013
one month since they returned to the classroom, but the back-to-school activities encouraging them to excel academically continue.
Recently, more than 50 girls filled the Church of God of Prophecy Children’s Chapel on East Street with the spirit, energy and sweetness that is girl power as the Pearls of Wisdom (POW) Ministry hosted its first back-to-school bash, held under the theme “Keeping It Real”.
Wanting to give the young ladies a special start to the new school year, POW planned a day off around spiritual empowerment during which various female presenters encouraged the female students to keep it real.
It was an interesting and unique blend for the event, from informative tips on how to handle bullying, understanding how to control what information is presented to the world when using social media; to incorporating their faith in God in their school life and using His power to help them become great students who make wise decisions concerning their future, to decorative icing covered treats for the sweet treats part of the event.
Nurse Eldora Beneby spoke to the young ladies about good hygiene and talked to them about their developing bodies. She helped them to understand why their bodies were undergoing changes. She told them that as they entered middle school their bodies would go through significant changes, they should be prepared and not be afraid because every young woman has to go through the same developmental stages.
Bernadette Beneby spoke to the girls about identifying true friends and how to choose them wisely. She also talked to them about dealing with peer pressure and bullying. They were also told that they should distance themselves from classmates, or so-called friends, or any person who does not respect them, or who treats them unkindly.
The girls were also told about the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle by Ruth Dean Beneby. She spoke to them about their diets and consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, which she said they should be eating for energy throughout the school day.
She told the girls that it is God’s desire that they live rich and full lives and that one of the ways that they can accomplish that was by taking in the right types of foods. She also told the girls to ensure that they got enough rest and ate breakfast. This will help them to be their best selves during the school days, she added.
Physical fitness expert Shaundra Curtis spoke to the importance of staying active and using different types of exercise that are simple, yet effective, such as jumping rope and stretching to keep their bodies and minds healthy. During the fun, interactive session Curtis used a number of volunteers to help demonstrate exercises and got everyone involved.
The young ladies were also given the information needed to protect themselves by identifying unsafe situations by Sharon Deveaux. And Juliette Collie spoke to them about what a good touch is, and what a bad touch is. And if they were to encounter a situation which is considered a bad touch, that they should have the confidence to seek help from the correct sources, she added.
As a parent who understands the importance of motivating and encouraging an interest in learning, Joye Ross spoke to the girls about identifying and incorporating good study habits into their daily routines in order to be successful students. She encouraged them to fully develop, honor and utilize the gifts that God has given them so that their lives would be blessed, and that they would also be a blessing to others.
In a sign of the times, with many of the country’s youth utilizing social media as a means of communication, Verneque Thompson told the students that it was important for them to enjoy the technology, but at the same time to be careful what they communicate to the world. She told them that once something has been shared in cyber space that it will always be there.
The students were also encouraged by Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna to recognize the different ways they could connect their relationship with the Lord to their school work and with their friends and family. In a fun twist, she treated the girls to a number of beauty and skin care samples and got them to open up about their own ideas of how they could allow their faith to inform their school experience.