Glassboro Intermediate School’s GLOW Club Becomes a Positive Force for Eighth-Grade Girls

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Glassboro Police Detective Julie Howery (fourth from the left) spoke to Glassboro Intermediate School members of the GLOW (Girls Learning Our Worth) Club recently about her experiences as an EMT, police sketch artist, officer and detective. She is shown here with GLOW members after her presentation.

GLASSBORO, NJ — Eighth-grade girls at Glassboro Intermediate School are gaining confidence in themselves, supporting each other and planning their futures thanks to the school’s GLOW club, which is operated by co-advisers Danielle Fiscella and Brittinee Garcia. GLOW stands for Girls Learning Our Worth.

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According to Fiscella, “Glow is an all-girls club where we promote women helping women. They build each other up and not down, and acknowledge that diversity compliments the world we live in. Our motto is - Let’s GLOW Up the Place!”

Fiscella founded the club in 2012 when she saw a need for a girls mentoring group. Today, 35 eighth-graders participate and meet several times a month. From team-building fun, like visiting Glassboro’s Escape the Room venue, to enjoying women speakers, the club provides an upbeat, informative and empowering environment for girls.

Glassboro Intermediate School’s GLOW (Girls Learning Our Worth) Club welcomed guest speaker Heather Simmons (back row, sixth from the left). Simmons spoke to students about serving as a Gloucester County Freeholder and being only the fourth woman to serve in that position. Club members and the club’s co-advisers, Danielle Fiscella and Brittinee Garcia, are shown here with Simmons after the presentation.

Recent speakers include Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons and Glassboro Police Detective Julie Howery. In her work, Simmons was only the fourth woman to become a Gloucester County Freeholder, and the first woman to top the ticket in that category. She spoke of how she used a physical setback in college to chart a new direction in journalism, public relations and politics. Howery started out as an EMT, embarking on training after she witnessed someone having a heart attack at an athletic event as a youth. She later moved on to becoming a police sketch artist, officer and detective. After two other females dropped out during police academy training, Howery became the only female in her   graduating class.

The GLOW Club also dedicates time to talking about topics affecting girls today and enables girls to spend time with people who might not be in their homeroom classes. Fiscella has found that the club has even had a positive effect on how student get along together.

“We talk about how we are all in this together and need to be there for each other,” she said.

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