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High school students created ‘Ribbon of Jewels’ park tour to honor legacy of Boise women

Students from OneStone didn’t let the pandemic stop them from celebrating their annual Empow[HER] Summit.

OneStone is a student-led and-directed nonprofit that creates learning and service opportunities for high school students in the Treasure Valley.

Founded in 2008, it now serves more than 200 students from more than 20 different high schools across the Treasure Valley. OneStone is also a private, tuition-free high school located in downtown Boise.

Empower[HER] Summit

Every summer, a group of 7th-through-12th grade girls get together for the Empower[HER] Summit – an event that focuses on topics like self-love, confidence, and healthy friendships.

“We knew that our event this year would have to be outside due to Covid,” OneStone team lead and Riverstone International School junior Meghan Fall said.

They came up with the idea to research and study Boise’s ‘Ribbon of Jewels’ which is the string of parks named after women in our community.

“We thought what better way to empower the young females in our community than by teaching them about women who have accomplished so much,” Fall said.

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Then, they created a self-guided bike tour which includes a map, a video about each woman and self-guided activities.

Last week, more than 50 girls participated in the Empow[HER] summit by socially distancing and riding their bikes from park to park.

“During this time when we are unable to stand within six feet of another person, we can loose this sense of connection between others in our community,” Fall said.

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“On the day of the summit, however, I saw all of these amazing girls build new friendships and appreciation for one another within a day, which demonstrated how strong our community is during times of uncertainty.”

The students studied and reflected on the lives of Julia Davis, Ann Morrison, Kristin Armstrong and Esther Simplot, to name a few.

“I hope that the girls who came to the summit now have a stronger sense of who they are, and what they are capable of,” Fall said. “They all have such wonderful strengths, and through believing in themselves and sticking to their truths, they can accomplish anything.”

Self-guided tour

The group of students created the tour so that anyone in the community could participate.

“We wanted to create a digital experience for everyone to use,” Fall said.

The full tour takes about five hours to complete and begins at Julia Davis Park. The tour, which is in Google Slides, works best in the Google Slides App and is meant to be used on a mobile device.

To view and interact with the tour, click here.

Note from Anna Daly Gamboa: Ann Daly Morrison is my great-great-great aunt. Yes….three greats! When OneStone reached out to me for more information about her life, I was excited for the opportunity to create a video that shares her story. You can find this video in the self-guided tour.

Anna Daly Gamboa, BoiseDev Reporterhttps://boisedev.com/author/annadalygamboa/
Anna Daly Gamboa is a reporter for BoiseDev. She's an Emmy-wining former producer, and a professor at the College of Western Idaho. Contact her at anna@boisedev.com.

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