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Then as now, charm makes the lady

That charm schools are generally thought of as antiquated hasn’t stopped one North Texas woman from using that old-time educational format to nurture and motivate young girls.
Ennis has been part of Dr. Lorraine Stiggers’ “She’s a Lady” training itinerary for four years, and the success of teaching manners along with self-defense, self-esteem, health and fitness, spirituality and sexual abstinence has been significant with local participants.
Founded in 1999 by Stiggers, a Lancaster ISD counselor, “She’s a Lady” is geared to girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 17. The program that comes again to the Ennis Public Library will feature guest speakers, door prizes, gift bags and activities.
An educator for more than 20 years, Stiggers said she was inspired by her religious faith to start what she calls “a community-wide, hands-on outreach training program” that provides guidance to girls in need of “help, love, kindness, understanding and instruction.”
Concern for the laxity in morals in some pre-teen and teenage girls also determined her to help redirect them.
“Many teens are sexually involved,” Stiggers said. “And the teen pregnancy rate is escalating. Some are sexually involved because they have low self-esteem, want to fit in or they are not loved the way they think they want to be loved.”
Stiggers added that topics discussed in the “She’s a Lady” program are chosen to fit the needs of girls in the community in which the event is hosted.
“Girls participate through fun and interesting projects that range from learning how to clean their skin while looking in the mirror to performing deep breathing exercises to learning anger management skills,” Stiggers said.
Eight presenters are involved in “She’s a Lady,” addressing a variety of subjects:
• “Ye are the salt of the earth,” by Patricia Webb, Corsicana
• “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” by Gail Woods, Lancaster
• “Attitude of gratitude,” by Clara King, Dallas
• “Harmonal balance in check,” by Dr. Darlene Tryon, Hutchins
• “Learn defense and protect yourself,” by Officer Patrick and Tenille Brice, Waco
• “No excuse for abuse,” by Antonia Williams, Lancaster
• “Take charge of your health,” Alleta Stiggers, Houston
The Ennis Daily News salutes Stiggers and her supporters, including Ennis’ own Fran J. Anderson, former executive director of the Boys & Girls Club here, for making feminine, wholesome ideals relevant to modern young women again while providing an instructional and motivational foundation tailored to combating today’s increasingly permissive morality.

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