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Children’s Museum Presents “Girl Talk” July 20

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Northeast Texas Children's Museum
The Media Focus Group for the Children’s Museum meets to discuss topics to include in the upcoming Girl Talk Program. (left to right) Claire Dobbs, Jessica King, Jacie Arnold and Aislinn Jones.";

COMMERCE - Girls will be provided the opportunity to learn about a myriad of topics concerning etiquette, Facebook and meeting friends in a new program called “Girl Talk.”

The session is for sixth through 12th graders on Friday, July 20 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce. Girls will be separated into two groups: one will be for students in grades 6-8; the second will be for students in grades 9-12. Both professional and civic leaders have been selected to lead brief, fast-paced discussions on a wide variety of topics addressing areas of interest and concern to the young ladies of our communities.

Maxine Mendoza-Welch, physicians’ assistant, will explain the importance of personal fitness and nutrition. Personal security is an issue that Donna Spinato, Texas A&M University-Commerce police chief, will tackle. Sharline Freeman, Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Executive Director, will inform girls about “electronic etiquette” including what to include and never include in emails, electronic posts, texts, and telephone calls. Janet Peek, an expert in etiquette, will discuss the responsibilities of introductions and responses. Leslie Morton, a civility expert from Washington, D.C. will provide practice in the art of conversation. Jalinna Jones, community volunteer, will offer tips on confidence building. Finally, Janet Peek and Kay Jensen will discuss both the personal and civic benefits of volunteerism.

“We are pleased to present a panel of ladies who will encourage our young women to foster and nurture their own best qualities, but in smarter ways,” stated Jalinna Jones, current president of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Board of Directors. “We are especially excited to have Leslie Morton, a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, returning to the area for this event. After being crowned Miss Commerce in 1980, Ms. Morton has been in the Washington, D.C. area teaching “Professionalism and Civility” at George Mason University in Virginia. We welcome her participation in Girl Talk,”

Class registration and fees for “Girl Talk” are $25.00 per student and includes class materials and lunch; registration is currently underway. Call the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum at (903) 886-6055 or e-mail director@netxcm.com for additional information. The Museum is located at 2501 Hwy. 50 in Commerce, Texas.