Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Dekalb County was one of 47 schools in Georgia selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Girls Empowering Movement (GEM) program. Physical education teacher, Sherry Griffith took on the role of GEM Adult Facilitator while navigating the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic in the classroom, “In my first year, the students were virtual and I had one 6th grader in my class (face to face) that became a GEM Ambassador Leader. She was like a teacher to the other students. I began to realize that the title meant so much to the girls. They put on a new name and identity – like a superhero.”
In its second year of the program (2022-2023), Bethune had grown to become the largest GEM site with 50 girls participating in the program.
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