Lucy May, WCPO
The girls-only initiative started at Rockdale three years ago and became a program of Most Valuable Kids in 2018. It now includes a total of eight schools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Executive director Tamie Sullivan said that growth shows just how much the program is needed for girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
“Their bodies are changing. So much is going on,” Sullivan said. “The vision for me is to have these girls become leaders and have them feel supported by a whole bunch of women leaders in our community.”
Rockdale Academy principal Belinda Tubbs-Wallace said the program has had a clear impact at her school. Before Girls With Pearls, Tubbs-Wallace was trying to support girls at Rockdale herself, which she said was difficult to do on top of all her administrative duties.
The eight schools that currently have the program are Rockdale Academy, Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy, Rees E. Price Academy, Ninth District Elementary School, Ethel M. Taylor Academy, Oyler School, Parker Woods Montessori School and Roll Hill School.