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Ann Parker Baldwin sharing her thoughts with the grade while Ms. Box assists her. Photo by Mara Liston

Big Sis Lil Sis is a program that has been in place at Jackson Prep for several years now.  Leading this group for her second year is Ms. Sharon Box. Ninth grade girls serve as a Big Sis to the seventh grade girls and the hope is that the two girls will grow in their friendship with one another.

On September 12th, the girls of the two grades went to the Multi-Purpose Room and found their Big or Lil Sis. The ninth graders had drawn random numbers and when the seventh graders come in on that day, they were given a random number as well. The seventh grade girls found the person who had the same number as them. From that point on, the two girls with the same number are considered each other’s “sister.”

The girls will meet monthly to enjoy fun activities like karaoke and dance parties. They will also listen to several speakers which will include Ms. Mallory McCoy, interim Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Jackson; Ms. Lauren Compere, Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi; and Ms. Stacy Underwood, founder and director of HeARTworks, an art ministry for the homeless. Common issues that middle school and junior high girls share will be discussed as well as a time of encouraging the girls to help one another.

This successful program is something Junior High girls look forward to each year. Past participants still remember it fondly.  Senior Maddy Mazzaferro reflected on her years in Big Sis Lil Sis, saying, “It was a good way to get to know someone younger. You got to do stuff with your little sister and see her throughout the day and it was a fun way to be an older ‘role model’ to a seventh grader.”

Aubrey Scott Moak and Lilly Noble collaborating on ideas as they get ready to meet the seventh graders. Photo by Mara Liston

 

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