|Progressionista Book Club|
Where girls read for fun
Our fifth meeting this school year was newsworthy! After hearing from a local journalist, we came up with our own questions to interview each other and developed our own news stories! This month's read is Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renée Russell.
Our January 2019 Progressionista is Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press journalist. She shared with us her amazing journey toward becoming a journalist at one of the top publications in the nation! We loved her memories from being a student in Detroit and her passion for reporting and writing!
Our fourth meeting this school year taught us the beauty of architecture! After hearing from an amazing female architect, we drew our own home sketches, built models using unusual supplies, and got expert critiques on our design! This month's read is The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio.
Our December 2018 Progressionista is Dima Daima, architect and lead designer at Gensler Detroit. She told us about her amazing education and passion for architecture. Her beautiful talk showed us how our careers can be something we truly love. We are so grateful for her example and expertise!
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Our third meeting of this program year we got a taste of our own medicine! After hearing from the coolest pharmacist ever, we wrote our own prescriptions, and filled them using candy style pills. This months read is George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl.
Our November 2018 Progressionista is Jacinda- Abdul Mutakabbir. She is a Doctor of Pharmacy and researcher. Her inspiring journey not only taught us what it takes to be a pharmacist but how to never give up. We also got to ask her all of the questions we had about medicine and her insight was amazing!
Our second meeting of this program year was the sweetest, literally! We had a cake demonstration from a star baker where we learned all about the basics of cake and got to be creative by decorating our own. Our new read is Cupcake Cousins: Summer Shower.
Our October 2018 Progressionista is Jessica Barnes, owner of Jaeellebee Cakes and Sweets! Her unique cakes are impressively beautiful and equally delicious. She taught us about her journey to becoming such a talented baker and how she balances it with business so well. Thank you Jessica!
Our first meeting of the school year got us right on track! We learned all about being a superstar athlete from a genius student, made our hand relay batons, and did a track and field hand-off demonstration! Our new read is The Second Wind by Kate Fagan, all about a girl who manages tough family issues by running track.
Our September 2018 Progressionista is Sade Reid! Track & Field athlete and star student! She ingeniously manages earning a 4.0 GPA while being junior class president and doing programs at Stanford University, University of Miami and more! We were so inspired by her talk about "staying on track" during a hectic school year and being our best selves! Thank you Sade!
Progressionista celebrated year four with a positivity-infused tea party featuring Korene E. J. Smith, author and illustrator of Phenomenally Me! It was a joy celebrating another year of inspiring girls through reading for leisure and women empowerment.
We spent our last book club of the school year celebrating all of the books we read and speakers we met! We played our annual Book Jeopardy where the girls answered questions about every book and speaker. It was so much fun. Needless to say, we are so ready to celebrate at this year's tea party!
We went on our first field trip to Belle Isle! The girls met an amazing female park ranger that showed them the many daring and exciting parts of her job. They also explored the aquarium and the conservatory during the trip. The best part was the bus drive where the girls were able to bond over the book discussion.
Our April 2018 Progressionista is Jacinda Binghoff, a Belle Isle park ranger for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. We loved her story of how she worked her way up to become a park ranger all while being her true self! It was awesome to see cool pictures of her cutting down huge trees and cutting pipes right before our eyes with fire!
What an experience before reading our next book, A Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz.
A special thank you to Belle Isle Conservancy for setting up this field trip for us!
The March 2018 meeting had the wheels on the bus going round and round! We met an awesome school bus driver who taught us about safety on and off the bus. After she spoke, two of our very own book club girls spoke about their job as school safeties. Our new read is The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry.
The March 2018 progresssionista is Renita Smith! We loved hearing her fun story about being inspired to drive buses and all of the cool places she takes kids!
This was also our first meeting where Ms. Kimberly taught us about mindfulness and gave us our very own glitter calming jars. You can't be a good reader, without learning to be more mindful!
Progressionista Book Club
A book club program for girls ages 8-12 that features a woman professional each meeting who mirrors a character out of the next read.
a woman who progresses in life through a love of reading