SMART Girls Define Friendship
Participants of the La Conner SMART Girls program know the importance of friendship:
A friend is someone to confide in, someone to laugh with, someone to cheer you up when you’re feeling blue. A true friend helps us to be the best person possible.
When groups talk about friendship, they often discuss what qualities to look for in a good friend. It is also important to take a step back and look at the kind of the friend you want to be, to discuss what qualities we each possess that make us good friends.
The SMART Girls started off by creating an adjective list on the whiteboard, calling out ways that they are each good friends. Some of the words were kind, nice, courageous, trustworthy and beautiful on the inside. The Girls also discussed how some words that might be used to describe a friend can have more than one meaning. One member offered the word strong and explained how she felt emotionally strong, that others’ opinions wouldn’t sway her from her own and that she sticks up for her friends.
Next, members broke into pairs and conducted ‘Friend-terviews’, interviewing one another then noting any similarities or differences between each of their answers. Questions included “What would you do with a million dollars?”, “What is your favorite thing to do after a long day at school?”, and “What are three words that describe you?”.
The La Conner SMART Girls are always excited to get up and get moving, so the session concluded with a trust exercise, where each girl had to direct another blindfolded Club member through an obstacle course. The girl giving directions couldn’t touch her partner, but had to use only her voice, and the blindfolded girl had to trust that her partner was paying attention and was being honest with her directions. There were a few challenges that required a pair or two to start over, but by the end, each pair had successfully made it through the course.
SMART Girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults. This program is held on Thursdays at 4:30pm. For more information about SMART Girls please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672.