BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Meg Zucker, the president and founder of Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, Inc <http://www.donthideitflauntit.com/> (DHIFI), a not for profit organization that works to advance acceptance, understanding, tolerance and mutual respect for a person’s blatant and invisible difference, spoke to Berkeley Heights Girl Scouts on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
The girls learned about Meg’s personal motivation to start DHIFI. Meg and her two sons were born with, ectrodactyly, which is the absence of one or more central digits of the hand or foot. Meg explained how difficult it was growing up with people staring at her and afraid of her because of her difference. Her sons have experienced similar reactions and have been bullied. Growing up, Meg hid her difference. However, she had come to realize that her difference made her Meg and it was time to flaunt it! DHIFI’s goal is to encourage people of all ages to embrace and celebrate what makes them unique.
Despite her difference, Meg is able to do almost anything anyone else can, such as writing, typing (very fast!), cycling, tying shoes, drawing, dancing, working as a lawyer, and much much more. However, her greatest ability is being a mom. In addition to her two sons, Meg has a daughter whom she and her husband adopted; an invisible difference for her daughter.
Meg discussed all types of differences, including peanut allergies, eye colors, being deaf, different skin colors and religions. Meg inspired the the girls to be proud of what makes them different and to flaunt it! Meg concluded the event with an activity where the girls had an opportunity to share their differences with each other.
DHFI launched a Flaunt Essay Contest in collaboration with Scholastic Inc. It is open to 4th graders in all public and private schools. The theme is “The things that make me, me”. For more information on the Flaunt Essay Contact go to http://www.scholastic.com/flauntit/ <http://www.scholastic.com/flauntit/>. The contest deadline is November 3, 2017.