HHS Senior Caroline Gaeta has been passionate about expanding the success of Operation Beautiful, her IB Diploma Creative Action Service (CAS) project for Harrison High School to include underclassmen who will look to continue its strong message of empowering teenage girls for years to come. She has enlisted her peers and HHS faculty to show their natural beauty and encourage others to do the same. This year the beneficiary of money raised will be donated to the Girl Up organization.
“Many teenage girls struggle with their self-esteem,” Gaeta told HHS student reporter Callie Fried. “This project was designed to help girls who hide behind their makeup realize that beauty is more than what we all see on the outside. Our goal is to boost self confidence.”
In addition to having ladies wear no makeup to school, Caroline asked students and teachers to send each other Compliment Cards. Last year, roughly 200 cards were sent. This year 700 Compliment Cards were sent to show support, encouragement, and inspiration for fellow classmates, friends, or even people they do not know or know very well. Students were also encouraged to wear red to symbolize support and /or donate $1 to benefit girls throughout the world by buying a red ribbon or a red bracelet.
Girl Up, an innovative campaign of the United Nations foundation, provides American girls with an opportunity to help empower girls in developing countries through awareness campaigns focusing on education, health, civic and safety initiatives.