Girl Up club hosts first fundraiser


Photo Credit: Bella Ranieri

Members of the Girl Up club sell baked goods on Oct. 11 in the Hamilton Lobby. The club hosted its first event and exceeded its goal while raising money for girls in Africa.

by Bella Ranieri, Staff Writer

The Girl Up held a bake sale as its first fundraiser on Oct. 11 in the Hamilton Circle lobby.

Abby Stern, a sophomore, brought the club to the high school this year. Girl Up is a club through the United Nations, meaning it is all around the world. The goal of the club is to empower women.

The club adviser is Spanish teacher Taylor Ingis. Its meetings have about 30 attendees.

Young women in Africa have been dropping out of school because they have to walk as many as five miles to the schoolhouse. All profits are going towards getting these young women bikes so that they will not drop out of school and be able to continue getting an education.  

Stern hopes that the club will “destigmatize feminism” and “empower women.” She wants the club to educate others, particularly about feminism.

Stern said that the bake sale was a complete success. The goal was to raise $125 but the club exceeded that number.

“A donation of $125 buys a girl in Africa a bike so she can get to school faster, and so she won’t drop out,” Stern said.

The club wound up passing its goal and raising $170 to help girls in Africa.  

Stern said that her long term goal is for the club to be a “staple” of the school even after she graduates.