The Salt River High School staff held a new event called Timeless Beauty on Thursday, May 10. More than 40 mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, sisters and mentors gathered in the high school cafeteria to have fun and share their experiences and thoughts about what it means to be women.
The first annual Timeless Beauty event kicked off with a welcome by Samantha Mielkey, who was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. She recited a poem by Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman.” The first speaker was SRHS Curriculum and Instruction Specialist Gayl Howell, who led the ladies in a mind exercise.
After Howell’s session, SRHS staff members and School Resource Officer Anslem Flores performed the number “Beauty School Dropout” from the hit movie Grease.
Later, the Salt River Senior Steppers shared their dancing talents with the audience by performing a dance to the song “Apple Bottom Jeans” by T-Pain. The group also taught the attendees simple dances they could do, such as the Macarena, to stay active by having fun dancing.
The Timeless Beauty event was geared toward the women of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, explained SRHS Executive Secretary LaRue Smith.
“Today women and young girls are being bombarded with negative messages telling them they are not perfect and it’s all about image, and they don’t realize [how valuable and important] they are,” said Smith. “We play an important role, not just in each other’s lives or our children’s lives, but in our communities. If we don’t feel good about ourselves, how are we going to pass that on?”