The Graham Park Middle School Ladies of Distinction know the value of integrity and strength.
Posted on 04/19/2018
Graham Park Middle School Ladies of Distinction club visits Bowie State UniversityA meeting with the first female president of Bowie State University. Half-time participation on the court at the college’s basketball game. Privileges like these came as a thrill for the Ladies of Distinction (LOD) club from Graham Park Middle School when they visited and toured the university this year. Their trip to Bowie State also included a campus tour, exposure to its programs and degree options, and a visit to the university's newest state of the art research facility. 

Afterward, Graham Park Middle School seventh grader, Gracie Enwerem,Graham Park Middle School Ladies of Distinction club visits Bowie State University shared her review. "This was the best trip ever. Their science program is wonderful. I will go here." 
  
For the LOD club, opportunities like these should come as no surprise because its members exemplify impressive character and integrity. And opportunities are what it’s all about for the LOD club. 

“By promoting safe, responsible, and healthy behavior, our young ladies aretaught to be on their best behavior and are given the tools needed to ensure their success,” says club sponsor, Cheryl Mills, Graham Park’s seventh-grade lead science teacher.

The LOD club meets twice monthly after school and every third Saturday during the school year. Open to all young ladies from sixth through eighth grade, the club promotes the social, emotional, mental, and educational growth of its young members. LOD 
currently has 55 members, but hundreds of girls from all nationalities have enjoyed the program and benefitted from the lessons and activities developed by Mills over its 10-year history.

Workshops on leadership, financial literacy, STEAM (science, technology, 
Graham Park Middle School Ladies of Distinction club visits Bowie State University
engineering, art, and math), cultural awareness, and mental and physical health, expose these young ladies to women in leadership positions. At meetings, they take part in interactive discussions on etiquette, and get lessons on high school and college preparation. This year’s impressive list of offsite visits includes the Youth Summit and Technology Expo at Northern Virginia Community College and the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference (hosted by Lockheed Martin and other organizations) held in Washington, D.C.

“Due to our great participation in the Youth Summit held at NOVA, BEYA took notice and offered to pay for charter buses for us to attend their STEMconference," said Mills. "I am very proud of my young ladies due to the fact they are praised wherever they go!”

Graham Park Middle School Ladies of Distinction club visits Bowie State University The LOD will wrap up its list of 2018–19 accomplishments by hosting a Saturday career day with professionals from a variety of career fields who will share their experience with LOD members; a fitness day to incorporate healthy practices in exercise and nutrition; and, through sponsorship from the Prince William Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, participation at the Sisterhood Scholarship Brunch, held at the Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. LOD participants will be the youngest attendees and have a chance to meet and hear from women leaders and high-achieving scholarship recipients.

Attendance at an end-of-year banquet, only earned through successful demonstration of club lessons, closes the busy schedule and gives selected members an opportunity to showcase their success at a formal dinner and evening out on the town in Fredericksburg.

Graham Park Middle School Ladies of Distinction club visits Bowie State University