We Are Westridge

A community blog featuring Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, the Westridge Leadership Team, our esteemed faculty members and occasional special guests


A Gift List for the Empowered Girl

As parents and educators, we collaborate to expand opportunities for girls to become innovators, leaders, and compassionate global citizens. We support girls in gaining the values and skills to advocate for themselves and others by speaking with informed voices. Providing an education that engages the heart, intellect, body and soul is our gift to the future.

When you’re thinking about what to give a girl you love this holiday season, consider gifts that expand her realm of possibilities. Here are some suggestions for the empowered girl on your list:

Check this list twice. Still looking for a few gifts she can unwrap? Check out this Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide from amightygirl.com. The site provides a resource of books, toys, movies and music for everyone dedicated to raising confident, courageous girls. It allows you to shop for girl-empowering gifts by age, including elementary, pre-teen and teen categories.

Expand her STEM vocabulary. Goldie Blox, the popular construction toy sets designed to boost engineering skills and confidence in girls, has several new sets out for the holidays, including “GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine” and “GoldieBlox Builder’s Survival Kit.” You can also celebrate #DeSTEMber at girlstart.org, a website that features 31 days of STEM-related activities to choose from during the month. And, don’t miss a chance to join the #HourOfCode movement and practice computer programming with one-hour tutorials for ages 4 and up. 

The gift of giving. Service learning is an integral part of the Westridge curriculum throughout Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Providing opportunities for leadership and service allows girls to develop clear values and strong voices that empower them as future leaders and citizens. A growing number of charities are finding ways to include families and children as volunteer participants, and several websites including volunteermatch.org, thevolunteerfamily.org and generationon.org are great resources for matches and suggestions.

Set the Stage. Westridge is proud to be a part of a community such as Pasadena that cultivates the arts. Take your daughter on an arts-focused tour of our thriving city. Points of interest include the Norton Simon Museum, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Playhouse, The Huntington Library, and our own Performing Arts Center, where the Westridge Theatre Department, Glee Club, Madrigals and Upper School Orchestra present various performances  throughout the year.  For more information about the arts in Pasadena, visit cityofpasadena.net/arts.

Mary Tuck, Director of Lower School

Posted by We Are Westridge on Wednesday December, 10, 2014 at 09:00PM


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