Girls In Pearls

Girls In Pearls
Posted on 12/07/2022
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The ILMS Girls in Pearls learned about careers in health care recently with a presentation by the mother of one of the group's members.
Tara Klofta is a local Certified Nurse Practitioner who is also the mom of 6th grader Raelin Klofta.
Tara Klofta shared with the girls her journey from studying Biology in college to becoming an CNP. She spent much of her nursing career as a surgery nurse at Mary Rutan Hospital and now works in a private physician office.
She explained that nurses can have many different duties from giving patients an IV, to working as a medical interpreter or supervising a team. Klofta also discussed the many different places nurses can work including health departments, schools, hospitals, doctors offices, surgery centers, and even in a person's home. Klofta says she loves helping people solve their medical mysteries and get healthier.

Girls in Pearls is led by ILMS Guidance Counselor Mandy Tidwell during lunch twice a month. The ladies learn ways to be confident, respectful and successful through presentations from area women and other activities. Each of the girls puts on a plastic pearl necklace and bracelet set to signify they are ready to begin.

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The ILMS Girls in Pearls had a picture perfect presentation recently from an ILHS alum! Patti Fenley graduated from Indian Lake in 1990. When she heard about the Girls in Pearls, she just had to share her story!
Fenley currently owns and operates a Pinot's Palette painting and art studio in Lexington, Kentucky. She has always loved art, but she let life get in the way for a while. After high school, she went to college and discovered she has a learning disability. But she didn't let that douse her dreams! Patti worked for many years in the hotel industry and continued making art, including creating ice sculptures. Just when she was about to change careers and enter the medical field, Patti got the opportunity to purchase the art studio and she took it!
She told the Girls in Pearls, "This is my dream job. Create the jobs that you want and you'll never work a day in your life!"
She also encouraged them to adopt a good attitude.
"Whatever the weather, always bring and be the sunshine!"
Fenley presented each girl with a special gift bag of art supplies to take home. Thank you!!
Girls in Pearls is led by ILMS Guidance Counselor Mandy Tidwell during lunch twice a month. The ladies learn ways to be confident, respectful and successful through presentations from area women and other activities. Each of the girls puts on a plastic pearl necklace and bracelet set to signify they are ready to begin.


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The ILMS Girls in Pearls are back and twice as strong as last year!! The ladies met for the first time during the 2022-23 school year recently and 15 sixth grade girls have opted to be a part of the group!
Girls in Pearls is led by ILMS Guidance Counselor Mandy Tidwell during lunch twice a month. The ladies learn ways to be confident, respectful and successful through presentations from area women and other activities. Each of the girls puts on a plastic pearl necklace and bracelet set to signify they are ready to begin.
During the first meeting, they dined together and played a "getting to know you" game with M&Ms. They also talked about how actual pearls are formed by small grains of sand that penetrate an oyster shell and become a thing of beauty and value. Girls in Pearls veteran 7th grade Dixie McClure was gracious enough to bring in desserts to share with the new group.