In commemoration of Women’s History Month, the City of Everett shared with over 100 young females the power, importance and strength of women in public safety at the second annual G.I.R.L.S. Day. In addition to celebrating women and girls, this event was a tremendous success and showed participants there are women just like them who serve in public safety and that these careers are options for them in the future, too.
Participants were broken up into different age groups – Pink: 4-5 year olds, Purple: 6-7 year olds, Blue: 8-9 year olds, Yellow: 10-11 year olds, Orange: 12-14 year olds – and led by female police officers and firefighters from the Everett Police and Fire Departments, the Massachusetts State Police and Tufts University’s Department of Public Safety. The groups cycled between the Recreation Center, Everett Police Station and the Everett Fire Department’s Ferry Street Station, where they would find various activities to learn about careers in public safety. Grit, Intelligence, Resilience, Leadership and Strength – G.I.R.L.S. – were the five themes that were prevalent throughout the day. Each group participated in “Learning Labs” to view demonstrations and participate in activities like collecting clues, using the fire hose, K-9 demonstrations, obstacle courses with the Massachusetts National Guard, learning about what police and firefighters do and more.
During the day, participants were given lunch and treated to delicious options, such as pizza, fresh fruit, water, juice, sandwiches, chips and cookies for dessert. Every girl was also given a swag bag to take home with them that included items such as a G.I.R.L.S. Day backpack, a G.I.R.L.S. Day T-shirt, a journal/coloring book, gel pens and items from each partnering public safety department that collaborated on the event.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria would like to thank the Everett Police and Fire Departments, the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Association of Massachusetts and Tufts University’s Department of Public Safety for their partnership in making this a memorable day for Everett’s girls. Mayor DeMaria would also like to thank Rumba 97.7 for their participation in the event. Lastly, Mayor DeMaria would like to thank everyone who joined us for another spectacular G.I.R.L.S. Day.