Celebration Foundation’s Women’s Initiative Nurturing Girls’ Strength (WINGS) program had its first Power Lunch of the school year on September 27. Nearly 100 Celebration K-8 middle schoolers attended. WINGS’ theme this year is CLICK (confidence, leadership, initiative, courage, kindness) with WINGS.

At this Power Lunch, students used a “salad” as a metaphor to discuss their school day. A tomato represented something bad that happened, while lettuce represented something nice that someone did for them. Peppers represented what students wished someone had done for them when something bad happened to them. Each student got one tomato, four pieces of lettuce, and a pepper. Research states that you need five good things to happen to you in order to forget the one bad thing. Once students finished writing on their salad ingredients, they combined all their ingredients into one bowl at the center of each table. Various “tomatoes” were read aloud as students then brainstormed how to respond to the incident. Students had a great time discussing what they could do to lift each other up! A special thank you to our Power Lunch sponsor, Melissa Whelan, on behalf of the Catherine Louise Whelan Memorial Fund, for making this lunch possible.

Celebration Foundation’s WINGS program was created to explore ways in which girls and women can reach their highest potential. Goal setting, leadership qualities, and positive self-image are some of the topics explored through Power Lunches, done in partnership with Celebration K-8 School, and regional events.