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Northampton High School hosts ‘Girls Rising’ film screening Tuesday

A scene from the film "Girls Rising" shows two students walking to school in India. The film is part of the 10X10 Campaign, which seeks to break down the barriers to girls' education, such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination and lack of access to health care.

A scene from the film "Girls Rising" shows two students walking to school in India. The film is part of the 10X10 Campaign, which seeks to break down the barriers to girls' education, such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination and lack of access to health care. Purchase photo reprints »

— The Northampton High School Students of Color Association is hosting a film screening Tuesday of “Girls Rising,” about girls in other countries who are struggling to get an education.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, is a fundraiser for the 10x10 Fund for Girls Education and is also the centerpiece of NHS’s annual Diversity Week. Suggested donations are $5 to $10 and the screening will also feature a bake sale.

NHS English teacher Michele Bernhard, one of two faculty advisors to the Students of Color club, said members hope the film “will be illuminating for those students and families who struggle in our school system.

“Most importantly, we hope it reminds those of us who come from American privilege that issues of socio-economic class are real and that part of our job as teachers is to help students who are struggling see that change is possible,” Bernhard added.

The 10x10 fund is a nonprofit effort of the Tides Foundation to support organizations that improve the lives of girls around the globe. Partners in the effort include A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Partners in Health, Room to Read and Girls Up, among others, according to the “Girls Rising” website, http://girlsrising.com.

Other Diversity Week activities at NHS include an all-school showing Monday of “Girls Rising”; a Culture Night international dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school cafeteria for $8 a plate or free for children under five; small-group advisory sessions Thursday about the film; and a dress-up day Friday called “Show your Diverse Hamp High Spirit.”

For details, call Bernhard or NHS teacher Carolyn Gardner at 587-1344.

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