Most recently, the Sister-to-Sister Club was able to take part in a community service project with the Genesis Women’s Shelter Outreach in Dallas, by assembling care packages for women housed at the facility.
“I like that our club teaches us about helping others,” shared club member Amber Huggins. “It is important to give back to people in need.”
What originally began as an after-school club has blossomed into a large tight-knit family.
“Sister-to-Sister gives us a place to talk about what is going on in our lives,” said Alicia Roquemore, J.W. Long fifth-grade student. “When you need someone to talk to, there is always someone you can count on to be there for you.”
“What I like best about this club is that it brings us all together,” shared fellow classmate, Nalani Cook.
Sister-to-Sister has already expanded beyond the after-school Thursday meetings. The club has developed a mentorship program which pairs the fifth-graders with younger J.W. Long students. The mentors have a designated time during the school day where they meet with their younger students to spend time together, practice reading, or assist with spelling and homework.
Denson notes that since the founding of the club in January, she has seen the girls’ confidence soar and their friendships thrive.
"I am proud of the hard work and dedication that the girls bring to the organization,” shared Denson. “We have seen improved relationships, confidence, and motivation to succeed from every girl. It is my hope that the girls carry everything they have learned from us into their middle and high school years.”
This month the Sister-to-Sister Club will venture into the Terrell community to participate in a park clean-up project. Keep up the great work girls!