On April 28, the Coleman Group held a pinning ceremony for the graduating girls. At the ceremony, Ms. Anderson, the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, and the co-leaders of the Coleman Group gave speeches about how they interpreted feminism.
In Ms. Anderson’s speech, she pointed out that women are still paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men in the United States today. Therefore, it is every girl’s responsibility to make a change. Feminism is not, “females must be superior to males.” However, it is, teaching every girl to be independent, to chase her dream fearlessly.
Abigail Zuckert ’17, one of the co-leaders of the Coleman Group, admitted that she was afraid when she first heard the word “feminism.” Therefore, she thought she would never join the Coleman Group. However, after attending the Ice Cream Social, she changed her opinions. The positive atmosphere of the Coleman Group greatly influenced her. She has since been actively involved in nearly every activity sponsored by the Coleman Group, such as making pillows for the Women’s Shelter, contributing ideas to the Girl Talks gatherings, and hosting symposiums. Zuckert was thankful, saying, “Without the Coleman Group, I would never be what I am today.”
Last weekend was the community weekend at Cheshire Academy. The school held the international food festival on Friday night, and some faculty members hosted dinners at their homes on Saturday night to celebrate one of the most significant features, diversity, of our school.
Food from more than twenty countries was presented at the international food festival. Students who presented their own countries made food by themselves, and some of them were wearing the traditional clothes of their countries. One interesting thing about the food festival was teachers would give students their “passports” when they entered. Students could ask presenters for stamps after they tried the food. Each country had its special stamp, which stimulates students to try all of the food in order to complete a collection of stamps!
I signed up for the dinner at Mrs. Hewu’s house. She provided hotpot, which is a traditional but really popular Chinese food. Mrs. Hewu also played Chinese TV shows when we were eating. It was like having dinner at home. I really enjoyed it, and I had a fun time.
By celebrating diversity, the community weekend tights students together more closely. It is an excellent experience for the CA community.
On January 5, the Coleman Group hosted a girls’ talk of what college really looks like in the college counseling center. There were four alumni coming back to campus to share their experiences in colleges with the girls. Continue reading The Girls Talk: What is College Like?
Last Thursday, Matt Stevens, an amazing illustrator with over 20 years of experience, came to Cheshire Academy. He gave a talk about his career in Kohn-Joseloff Gallery and answered the questions that students had about his artwork. Continue reading Meeting with Matt Stevens, an amazing illustrator
On November 1st, the Coleman Group presented a symposium called “Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles for Women.” The Coleman Group invited 5 experienced ladies, including our school own trainer, Mrs. Tirillo, and a professional tennis player, Mrs. Vanacore, as speakers, and I was honored to be one of the moderators of the symposium. Continue reading The Coleman Group symposium: Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles for Women