N.C. middle-schoolers complete ‘Red Bow Club’ program

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The Red Bow Club, based on the children’s book “The Red Bow,” by Donna Tyson, is an empowering group for young girls who are looking for a safe place to communicate and be inspired by their peers. Middle school girls whose bodies are changing and beginning to go through puberty are at a higher risk for low self-esteem and poor body image, which can be related to depression, poor academic achievement and dropping out of school.

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County identified an opportunity to help. Calie Hodgson, success coach for the CIS Action for Success Program at South Brunswick Middle School, teamed up with Sybil Shipley, a CIS volunteer, to address this need and implement a six-week series called the Red Bow Club. They worked with two small groups of seventh- and eighth-grade girls to promote positive self-image and self-esteem through thought-provoking conversations.

For more information on CIS of Brunswick County and its variety of in-school and after-school programs, call 910-457-3494 or visit