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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Hosts WIT Founders; Packs 500 WITKITS for Menstruators in Maryland

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, held its annual Wom_n’s Empowerment Conference on March 16, 2023. Women in Training founders, Breanna and Brooke Bennett, served as keynote speakers, with a focus on menstrual equity. The day culminated with the 100 young women conference attendees packing 500 WITKITS of menstrual, dental and hygiene supplies, valued at more than $25,000, for underserved girls and gender expansive youth in the local area.

"We missed a half day of school in Montgomery to travel to the Washington, D.C., area to speak at our dad's alma mater," Brookie explained. "We are humbled by the opportunity to represent Dad at St. Andrew's."

A Saint Andrews Episcopal School student shows off the school's WITKITS with Women in Training Founders, Brooke and Breanna Bennett, in the center and left.

Student leaders asked Breanna and Brooke about women’s issues, educational equity, period poverty, advocating for bills on the national and statewide stages, the effects of poverty, and abortion.

Students went in 15-minute rotations to pack 500 WITKITS for delivery to girls and nonbinary youth in need.

For the month leading up to the conference, students, parents and faculty members generously donated hundreds of packs of menstrual, tubes of dental supplies, and hygiene supplies and, on March 16, 2023, assembled 500 WITKITS, valued at more than $25,000, then donated them to a local nonprofit agency that works with homeless teenagers. Everyone from board trustees to the head of school to parents and students pitched in to make the conference a stellar success!

"We are absolutely ecstatic that the entire St. Andrew's community pulled together to bring this project to fruition so efficiently and professionally," Breanna exclaimed.

The entire Saint Andrew's Episcopal School community supported the Women's History Month project. Pictured here, from left to right: Robert Kosasky, Head of School; Breanna and Brooke Bennett; and Lorraine Martinez Hanley, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Director.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School students load the bus to deliver 500 WITKITS of menstrual, dental and hygiene supplies, valued at more than $25,000, to teenagers suffering from period poverty.

Student leaders conduct an Oprah Winfrey-style interview with Brooke and Breanna about women's issues.

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