Figs Lend a Helping Hand

The heroines of Groundwood Books’s Girls With Grit series have got grit, and so do Figs!

This week in the Got Grit? forum, we challenged Figs to help out someone deserving. Congratulations to Paula Orrego, who gets a Girls With Grit prize pack full of books, and some eternal Fig glory on Figment’s Facebook wall! (You can check out two of the books on the features page here, and see all of them together here.)


Here’s what Paula Orrego said:

I am starting an anti-bullying/awareness program at my school. I am working with various teachers and my school’s administration to set up workshops and activities that will educate both students and teachers on how to spot a bullying situation and how to deal with it effectively. I think everyone, not just kids in my school, deserves a good middle and high school experience. No one should have to go through these years feeling alone and voiceless. I believe you only live once, so why should you have to go through almost twenty years of your life feeling scared and miserable? No one deserves that. I may not know the kids I’m trying to help, but if I hear that I have saved at least one life from bullying, that will be the highlight of my high school years. This is a personal challenge for me, because I was bullied, and now I have to revisit my past and share my stories with other people. I try not to let myself feel down by my past, though, because I know these experiences are opening people’s eyes to this issue. Even if I didn’t have the best middle and high school experiences, I want my stories to help bring solutions to this problem, and make someone else’s school years better.

Here are some more great ones:

Becky Hill:

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never really done much in the way of helping undeserving people in the past–which, I think, is the reason why I’ve been doing so much volunteering this past month. The most notable volunteer experience I’ve had this week happened today and yesterday. My sister was making cookies last night to bring to a homework center for children from poor families who can’t afford a lot of food, and while she was preparing the dough, I asked if I could help her and then go to the homework center to help the kids. [Click here and scroll down to read the rest of Becky’s post.]

Hanna Waters:

So on thanksgiving I went to my pediatric oncology hospital. We brought cookies and popcorn papas to the nurses and doctors. All of them are practically family and we asked if there are any new patients. So now we are official volunteer informers, since I’m already a patient I can tell the other kids about it. I’ve already talked to another girl and a boy before so I hope I can talk to even more people. [Click here and scroll down to read the rest of Hanna’s post.]

Check out the fifth and final Got Grit? forum challenge for your last chance to win eternal Fig glory on the blog. And enter the Girls with Grit Contest for even more chances to win Groundwood prizes.


Girls with grit are fierce, independent, strong young women. They’re girls who face tough situations and sometimes don’t come out on top. They’re girls who work hard, who believe in themselves, and who try to follow their principles.

Groundwood Books’ Girls With Grit series is on Figment because each of these books is about a girl like you, or your sister, or your best friend. We’ll be featuring different books every week, so be sure to check the Figment Features page often!

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