Rangeview High School’s female freshman class recently gathered to watch the empowering film "Girl Rising." The production shares stories of young women across the globe who face barriers to education that young men do not. Narrated by successful women, including Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek and Meryl Streep, the film sets out to campaign for change and highlight the power in having an education.
After the credits rolled, principal Ronald Faye gave an emotional speech about how educated women positively impacted his life. “This is my favorite day of the year,” Faye said about the school’s annual "Girl Rising" event. “We do this because you matter. You have an identity. You have a story.”
Afterward, Aurora Public Schools Chief of Staff Marcelina Rivera shared a powerful testimony about how people set low expectations for her at a young age because she was a female, but she overcame those beliefs and achieved greatness. “As I look out at your faces, I see me,” said Rivera. “Never give up, no matter how hard it gets. Tap into your beauty and joy and rise! I know you will rise. Your family, school, community and the world need you to rise.”
Students concluded the day reflecting on the film and how they plan to improve their own education. This thinking upholds Goal 1 of the APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan to ensure every student has a plan for his or her future.
“I’m going to take full advantage of the educational opportunities I have and use them to the fullest,” said Rangeview freshman Savannah Gonzales. Her classmate Alexis Hamilton-Glowan adds, “I am encouraged and want to encourage other people to do their best.”
For more information about the film, visit girlrising.com.