Mis­sis­sippi mayor plan­ning lead­er­ship pro­gram for girls

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

OX­FORD (AP) — Just a few months af­ter tak­ing of­fice, the new mayor of Ox­ford is work­ing on a pri­or­ity that pre-dates her elec­tion: launch­ing a lead­er­ship pro­gram for fifth-grade girls.

Mayor Robyn Tan­nehill said she hopes ap­pli­ca­tions will go out in Jan­uary for girls to en­roll in the lead­er­ship class at Ox­ford In­ter­me­di­ate School. She said the idea came to her be­fore she was elected in June for a pro­gram for girls who haven’t been iden­ti­fied “as strong lead­ers, be­cause maybe they’re just not quite bold enough at that age to step for­ward.”

“This pro­gram is not about who has the high­est scores,” Tan­nehill told The North­east Mis­sis­sippi Daily Jour­nal . “I want this class to look the way the real world looks and for us to learn to re­spect each other and talk through is­sues and iden­tify what a leader looks like. You’re only a leader if you turn

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