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Girls relay

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     Run, relay and race. This week the girls had to think up new ideas, quick. The girls were split into 2 teams and given a series of miscellaneous items. Rope, rings, markers, poster board, and a few other quirky things. Both teams had to create a relay race for the other team. We told them they had fifteen minutes and started the clock. Ideas immediately started flying around the room. "Let's do Tug-of-War!" "How about we make them balance this on their heads?" "What if they had to pick up everything while hoping on one foot?" Even with all of the idea sharing one of the girls managed to get left out. It was as if everything she was saying was going right over the heads of the girls in her group. While the other team had no problem at all, and had quickly formulated a plan. So defeated and angry she sat on the sidelines while her team struggled to create a cohesive plan.

     One of the things that can make or break a group is communication. And with two strong personalties these girls had their share of issues. In the end (and some help from a mentor) the girls finally pulled together and created a very challenging relay. After all the fun was done the girls relayed, what problems they faced. How they used teamwork and how leaders use teamwork. Following the discussion the girls learned of two female leaders that could help in shaping their idea of a leader. Fannie Lou Hamer, who didn't stop fighting for rights even after being beaten within an inch of death. And Kitty O'Neal, a stunt woman, who became deaf after fighting three serious illnesses at an early age. The girls raced and relayed what they had learned from the days activites. Leaving with a new view of what it takes to be a leader.

  

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