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Eighth-grader Ashley Gonzalez flipped through a fashion magazine during a recent class at St. Paul’s Battle Creek Middle School. Her assignment: Find words or images that capture her. Gonzalez was stumped looking at the ads and features, a pair of scissors at the ready: Hair? Soccer? Food? “It’s not about what you have or what you do,” said teacher, Kristy Pierce. “It’s about who you are.”
“That’s really hard,” Gonzalez protested.
Called “Lovin’ the Skin I’m In,” the class started as a book club for girls hosted by a St. Paul nonprofit group; it later morphed into an east metro after-school activity. It pushes girls to face head-on the pressures of adolescence through journaling, crafts, media analysis and straight talk. Read more. | As updated: Feb, 9 2014