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BEAUTY GIFT: ETA aims to help girls

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Hidaya Neo” – in Africa means “beautiful gift,” and it happens to be the name of a special workshop designed for high school girls at Eagle Tech Academy, Columbia City, taking place Aug. 15.

Several community leaders have joined with ETA students to collaborate on a one-day event that will feature six workshops to help develop female students in areas that can better them for the future, but also give them practical tools for present challenges.

Kim Waugh is the guidance counselor at ETA. Waugh and a teacher’s aid, Denise Esterline, had the idea to offer some sort of professional development for the girls at ETA. Considering that ETA is a project-based learning environment, many of the tasks students take on involve presentation skills and professional tools to convey a particular message.

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