On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the
seventh grade girls attended an event sponsored by the Junior
Auxiliary of Lawrence County titled J.A. Jewels.
According to the JA of Lawrence County, "We were able to serve all
the 7th-grade girls in our county. The girls were treated to
two incredible speakers and performers, Kailey Abel and Claudia
Raffo. T-shirts were given based on personality quizzes, and
girls were divided into groups and learned more about their
This was basically a girls empowerment day. Kailey Abel spoke
on how she stepped back and assessed her personality and the
direction she wanted her life to go when she was the same age as
these girls. She spoke with them on standing up and believing
in themselves and their dreams, whatever they are. She was a
brilliant speaker and left the girls with the quote "this girl can"
to use when they felt down and defeated and as if they had to
conform. She wanted to instill in them the confidence to stand
up and do what's right. Kailey performed the new song that she
wrote, Strawberry Fields.
Claudia Raffo talked about stepping out of your comfort zone and
finding what makes you, you. She is the daughter of the
A-State baseball coach, Tommy Raffo. Claudia shared the dance
routine that she uses while competing in pageants.
After listening to both speakers, the girls were divided up in the
gym by their shirt color. Each color represented a different
personality type. These girls worked on learning more about
their personalities and competed in team building competitions.
It was a great event for these girls. Thanks to the Junior
Auxiliary for providing this opportunity.