The festival featured leadership-building and artist events, hands-on STEM activities, sports clinics, dance and theater performances, and more. “This event was designed to introduce girls to things and activities that challenge them and open their eyes to new possibilities,” said Lori Guy, Hutchison’s Strategic Communications Director.
Hutchison’s upper school students volunteered alongside female engineers, firefighters, and other powerful female community members. Attended by about 1,300 girls ages 3-15, the one-day event took advantage of Hutchison’s expansive facilities, including its on-campus farm where attendees learned about beekeeping and agriculture.
Hutchinson teamed up with the Girl Scouts of America to provide four opportunities for active Girl Scouts to earn badges during the Fest. The school also partnered with a number of vendors and community organizations, including My Cup of Tea, a social enterprise founded by a Hutchison alumna that trains and hires women who need employment. In addition, Strong GIRL Fest highlighted the student entrepreneurship that is fostered through Hutchison’s Marketplace program.
Head of School Kristen Ring reflected, “We want Hutchison to be a great resource for the Memphis community…Hutchison is a quiet gem in Memphis, and this event drew the community in to showcase our school in a new light.”