A Donor’s Story
by Sunshine Pegues
Over 15 years ago, I was a Board Member for an organization called “Smart Girls” whose mission was to empower young girls with the confidence and math/science skills to realize their leadership potential. Three years ago when I returned to the Seattle area, I went to Seattle Girls’ School’s Annual Luncheon and learned the school was founded on the same principles. I arrived at the Luncheon and saw young ladies of different social and economic backgrounds. The student at my table was very articulate, but more importantly, courageous to “carry” the table conversation – a skill that I quickly knew was different from most 7th graders in my neighborhood. In addition, I strongly believe in the school’s commitment to diversity and ensuring all have access to this unique learning experience. There are many private schools in the community that boasts diversity but when you walk the halls at Seattle Girls’ School, you see diversity.
In today’s media-driven society, focused on immediate gratification and physicality, many young girls are “influenced” by what they see in media about what a “girl should be”. I strongly believe young ladies in middle school should be equipped with the tools to be leaders and not followers – those skills will serve them well in most endeavors they encounter as they continue through life. This is why I support Seattle Girls’ School. SGS provides girls with the tools to become leaders and the confidence to be deciders of their own destiny.