Excited, girls went from station to station to get their nails polished, hair styled or create jewelry during the Essence of Beauty event at Jenkins-White Elementary Charter School.
"Some of their parents work two or three jobs, and sometimes don't have all the time they would like to teach them things like this. So, by us doing this, we are assisting the parents by teaching the girls how to take care of themselves," said LaToya Wiley, one of the organizers of Saturday's event.
The day of pampering included stations that focused on nail care, hair care, makeup, arts and crafts, etiquette and personal hygiene, among other things. Teachers, parents and others volunteered at each station.
"Providing a day of pampering for these students gives them a sense of self-worth. You have to start building that self-worth and self-esteem at a young age so that they can carry it into middle and high school and into life," said Elaine Butler, who volunteered at the nail-care station.
In its second year, the event has won approval from parents.
"This was a great idea. The girls are learning about a lot of different things, even etiquette. It's exciting to watch them get beautified and see them so happy," said Patricia Newton, who brought her 6-year-old daughter to the event.
Teaching them about beauty and taking care of themselves is an important part of the pupils' education.
"Outside of academics, they also need to learn social skills, how to take care of their bodies and how to be young ladies. All of that is needed in order to make them a well-rounded person," said Jonay Bailey, a first-grade teacher.
Ms. Wiley agreed.
"If they care about how they look, know how to take care of their bodies and have good self-esteem, they'll also care about their academics and how they perform in school," she said.
The school will hold a similar event for male pupils on Nov. 17.
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