The community is invited to a showing of “Girl Rising” at the school’s auditorium on Friday, Jan. 19. The film focuses on nine international females overcoming challenges to receive an education.
The school’s Girl Up club is hosting the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. Following the film, there will be an opportunity to discuss what can be done in Spring Lake to help girls around the world.
While the event is free, concessions will be sold and donations will be accepted, said Spring Lake High School junior Mia Davidson, the chairperson of the high school’s chapter of Girl Up.
Earlier this school year, Davidson founded Spring Lake’s Girl Up club, which is through the United Nations Foundation. The club is aimed at raising money and advocating for girls in underprivileged countries.
Davidson said she started the local chapter because she’s passionate about feminism and empowering girls around the world.
Since launching the group, 76 SLHS students have been involved in efforts to raise awareness and money. They raised about $630 through a garage sale in October 2017, which they donated to the Girl Up mission.
The movie is the group’s first advocacy event.
Davidson said seeing “Girl Rising” for the first time a few years ago made a big impact on her. In seventh grade at the time, Davidson said she wasn’t aware about the challenges girls faced around the world, and she wanted to raise awareness in her community.
Davidson said most kids are privileged in West Michigan, and the film shows that not everyone has the same opportunities. Watching girls in the film stay home while boys go to school is hard to see, she said.
“In my life, you go to high school, college and get a job,” she said. “That’s not a reality for so many.”
Davidson said she feels fortunate to have her education, and she wants to help others who don’t receive one like she does.
To show the video, Davidson received a $500 Mudita gift from Extended Grace. Davidson said any money they raise will be donated to Girl Up.