My Halloween Story

During Halloween, the girls wrote a few scary stories and had a pizza party. See pictures from the party below and read this story written by one of our after school scholars.  We may have an author or playwright in the making! More stories on the way. Stay tuned.

My Halloween story

By: Camryn H. 

On a dark and stormy night when a little girl named sally, and she couldn’t sleep because her mom and dad use to do her really bad they beat her and slapped her and never fed her she would sleep on the floor in there room and she couldn’t even sleep.One day sally died and her parents burried her and didn’t even care they didn’t go to her funeral or nothing they just stayed at there house and layed there on the bed. When night came the ghost of sally went to haunt her parents so she made a ghostly noise “ohhhh. Ohhhh.” Her parents jumped up and she made the noise again ohhhh, ohhh, ohhh, and her mom said “Jimmy go check what is that thing when he turned around and all you heard was a loud noise ” ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Rosa jumped up and got really scared she said “wh-o who are you and the ghost said “your worst nightmare” she yelled as she killed her mom. Years later her grandma came with her whole family and when they knocked on the door but no one answer so the door was unlocked so they all walked in and when they saw sally she yelled and killed them one by one so that is the story of the ghost of sally. THE END?



Local Girl Scouts learned about astronomy by taking a closer look at the famous movie STAR WARS.  A workshop was held on Friday, September 30th, 2016 to expose young ladies to astronomy and the stars.   This event is part of an on-going initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics and is coordinated by Ashli Smart, National Program Director for Girls University and Lucretia Brunson, Tiny Techz Area Director. The workshop was $15.00 and available to girls grades 4th – 8th.  The event was held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Girls University, 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501.  Dinner was included along with an exclusive STAR WARS STEM night t-shirt.  Eighteen girls participated in the workshop on STEM.

The STAR WARS exploration started under the leadership of Ashli Smart, National Program Director for Girls University.  Girls University is an interactive leadership and enrichment academy for girls who focuses in STEM, STEAM and other activities for girls. Girls introduced themselves and then began to create their own STAR WARS names.  The girls then completed a few SWAPS (Special Whachamacalits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere – a Girl Scout tradition).  Ms. Smart explained how to create their own SWAPS that featured characters from the STAR WARS movie.  Most of the girls created Yoda, an Ewok and/or R2D2.  The night was then turned over to Lucretia Brunson Florence Area Director for Tiny Techz, a local organization that provides innovative STEM education, while preparing youth for the 21st Century. Tiny Techz staff and Ms. Brunson engaged the girls with educational information regarding the importance of women in astronomy. Tiny Techz staff and Ms. Brunson completed a hands-on take home activity with the girls, Nebula Jars. Each girl created her own.  The girls were immersed with information about our galaxies and others as well as our solar system. Tiny Techz then connected the projects and information to the movie STAR WARS.

If you know a girl who would benefit from exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics, they may contact the Girls University at 843-468-4710 or Ashli Smart at

Girls University is safe, interactive leadership and enrichment academy for all girls that focuses in STEM and STEAM. Visit for information on upcoming workshops, birthday parties, special events and more!



September 2016 Newsletter


You all have been such an amazing help with the opening of Girls University! We are beyond excited to have you and your scholars on this journey with us.

Within this issue of our newsletter you can catch a glimpse some of the recaps from August, as well as what we have coming up for September!

Also, let’s make sure we connect on social media via our Facebook Page!

A Look at What We are Doing . . . 

This past month we have been working with the girls on: Relationship Building, Character Development, Leadership, and Art & Creativity.  We challenged them to create an idea surrounding the topic: “If you could create your own Girls University, what would it look like?”  This will be a long-term project that the girls will continue to work on through the rest of the year starting from learning how to create a business plan to creating their own blog and/or website for their organization!

See a few photos of the girls working below!

Upcoming:  Parents Night Out
OCTOBER 7TH 2016 & OCTOBER 21ST 2016

You can register for any of the dates by following the link below.

Register for a Parents Night Out

Make sure to check out our other Weekend Workshops and Social Saturdays! For more information on these events you can visit the website below.

Official Girls University Website

The school district has now approved Delmae, Sneed and Moore for transportation.  Please note that your child should no longer ride the Bee Helpful bus from any of the schools listed above after next week. If you have not completed and turned in the district transportation application yet, please do so ASAP.

The school will not call the girls name for the bus, they must know the bus they are suppose to ride. Please take a look at the assigned buses as followed and make sure your child knows which bus to get on.

The assigned buses are as followed:

Moore – Bus 34
Sneed – Bus 40
Delmae – Brown Bus



Media Contact:
Ashli Smart
843.468.4710 c


“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”— President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

Florence, SC – September 6th, 2016- Afterschool program launches Florence’s first gender-based afterschool academy to introduce girls to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) “Girls University”.

Girls University initiative is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee to become products of success, not society. Identifying the need to provide girls with specialize enrichment programming combine with an afterschool safe haven provides a unique niche for Girls University. Understanding the need to ensure girls have the opportunity to participate in science, technology and engineering careers fields and a chance for 21st century success was the brain child behind the academy.

Girls University not only aims to provide quality non-traditional afterschool care, but a place where girls can attend workshops, host birthday parties, receive academic tutoring, mentoring, and access to career speakers.

Girls University will host an Open House on September 12th, 2016 at their location located at 1249 Celebration Blvd, 29501 from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm.

About Girls University
Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and motivate girls in K – 12th grades regardless of race, background and social status. We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist. The organization’s hours are 2:30pm – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart 843.468.4710.