La Crosse students go on ‘Supersize Your Dreams Day’ retreat

Alexis Jones will also speak to adults Thurs. night

Middle schoolers in the La Crosse School District are going on a day-long retreat at the La Crosse Center called, “Supersize Your Dreams Day – Creating Confident Girls, Building Respectful Boys.”

There will be several speakers talking to kids about being accepting of themselves and others about respecting themselves and others and also the importance of knowing their self-worth is not based on other people’s opinions of them.

News 8’s Jennifer Livingston will talk with students, along with Alexis Jones. She was on “Survivor” in 2008 and she’s written a book called, “I Am That Girl.” Jones will be talking with the young women about finding that confidence that is sometimes difficult to find, especially when you’re young.

Jones said she’s familiar with the work our community has been doing to make the world a better place, through efforts like “The Compassion project.”

She sent us a video about her upcoming visit to La Crosse: “Hi La Crosse. I just wanted to say I’m so excited to share the message of ‘I am that Girl’ and I’m crazy impressed with the work you’ve been doing with compassion and kindness. It’s going to go directly in alignment with what we’re going to talk about. So mark your calendars and I can’t wait to see you all soon.”

Jones will also speak at an event Thursday night that’s free and open to the public. The “Dreams to Reality: For All Women Wanting to Change the World” event will be held at La Crosse Central High School at 7 p.m. The event is free, but you are encouraged to register online.

The La Crosse School District is working with the Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse to make these events happen.

Jones also had a private talk with kids in Onalaska Wednesday night.