‘Beautiful Me’ teaches girls self-confidence

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On Nov. 13, female students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in the Harborfields School District shared what they admired most about themselves as part of a new program called “Beautiful Me.”

Integrated into the curriculum in September, “Beautiful Me” officially began last year as a way for elementary school students to boost their self-confidence and self-worth at a young age, according to Assistant Principal Andrea Horowitz. 

At the beginning of the school year, students said that they were uncomfortable when asked to compliment themselves. However, on Nov. 13, they were eager to share their most admirable traits and praised themselves for being kind, loyal, funny and smart among other things. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of,” physical education teacher Michele Turchiano said. “It’s something to be proud of.”

Additionally, students answered questions such as “What is the most beautiful part of your body?” to which students responded with their eyes, legs, feet, hands and beauty marks. 

“Everyone’s body is different,” health teacher Susan Crispino said. She asked the students, “Would you expect a big German Shephard to have the same body as a little Chihuahua?” to which the students laughed and shook their heads. “Think about all of your wonderful qualities,” she said.