SUGAR GROVE – Pink balloons outside the Sugar Grove Community Center on Sunday marked the location of the Empowering Girls to Be Super event, but the color for the day was really leopard.
Leopard-print scarves draped from girls' necks – and, when worn as a cape, their shoulders – throughout the two-hour, mother-daughter event that promoted empowerment and what it means to be super.
It was hosted by P.E.A.K. for Kids in partnership with the Kindness Campaign, a community collaboration inspired by Knights Against Bullying.
Before proceeding with such activities as yoga, face painting and karaoke, the event started with author Amy Logan reading her book that features a certain leopard-print accessory, "A Girl With A Cape."
The book has a universal message about the importance of kindness and challenging readers to do good.
Logan said she wrote the book because more people – whether they are 5 or 105 – need to know how amazing they are. She purposely didn't give the title character a name so readers would feel like it was written about and for them, she said.
"She's every girl," Logan said.
That cape-clad girl learns that she can make a difference through kind words and kind actions.
It ends with a question Logan asked her audience: "Tell me, sweet darling, what next will you do?"
The girls' responses touched on manners, kind words, respect and family.
Logan told the girls the world needs them. In closing, she asked them to repeat, "I matter," and to turn to their neighbor and say, "Be super."
Jenna Heller of Sugar Grove attended the event with her daughters, ages 8 and 4. She described Logan as motivational and had praise for the book as well, calling it "excellent."
P.E.A.K. founder Renee Dee said this first mother-daughter event won't be the last.
"I am so happy," she said as the moms participated in a discussion with Logan while their daughters did yoga. "We had an amazing turnout."
For information about P.E.A.K. or Logan's similar C.A.P.E. Campaign, visit www.peakforkids.org or www.gotyourcape.com.