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Girls Day Out helps students move to high school

 Julia Helfman, fundraising chair for the Schenectady County Working Group on Girls, listens as 9th grader Tamara Bowden speaks to the Gazette following a performance of a one-woman Harriet Tubman play at Schenectady High School on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Julia Helfman, fundraising chair for the Schenectady County Working Group on Girls, listens as 9th grader Tamara Bowden speaks to the Gazette following a performance of a one-woman Harriet Tubman play at Schenectady High School on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
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Tamara Bowden used to be a bully. “I was the one who picked on everybody,” the tall, bubbly ninth-grader admitted with a wide smile. “I was mad at myself, mad at the way people treated me and stuff, so I took it out on other people. Now I’m actually really nice.” The Schenectady High School student credits her transformation to time spent in the Girls Day Out program, an initiative of the Schenectady County Working ...

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