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Westfield High School Chapter of Girls Learn International to Host Screening of Girl Rising

Members of the WHS chapter of Girls Learn International. Front Row: Charlie O'Brien, Megan Blutfield, Izzy Gelfand, Melanie Nettler. Second Row: Chelsea Rader, Erica Cheung, Chanel Shum, Caroline Barry, Mary Gouldson. Back Row: Haley Sharlow, Ellie Scott, Katie Foley, Celine Fitzpatrick, Advisor Sandra McCarthy

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School Chapter of Girls Learn International will host a movie screening of the documentary Girl Rising at the Cranford Theater on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The movie is “a moving film that really gives people an understanding of the hardships that girls in other countries face, especially because it's not something most people think about every day,” said  Melanie Nettler, president of the WHS Chapter of Girls Learn International.

Tickets, which are selling quickly, must be bought in advance at, where you can also view a trailer and find out more information about the film.

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“We’re so excited to bring Girl Rising to the area because it’s such a powerful documentary that captures everything that we work for at Girls Learn International,” said Nettler.

Girls Learn International is an organization that promotes girls education all over the world. Various high schools throughout the United States are paired with schools in countries throughout the world in which it is difficult for girls to receive an education. WHS is paired with Abdullah Bin Omar School in Afghanistan.

The high schools raise funds and communicate with their partner schools through letters and various projects in which each school learns more about the others' culture. For more information about this organization visit

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