By Larry Wood
Aiken Standard, S.C.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “The Super Smart Girl’s Club” includes lunch-and-learn programs that introduce local girls to area entrepreneurs, business owners and experts in subjects such as personal finance.
Latina McIntyre wrote the “Super Smart Girl Book,” but her grandmother inspired it and the club that grew from it — a club that is ensuring the success of Aiken County’s young women.
The book’s main character, Royal, is a fierce and respectful young girl in penny loafers and a pink skirt who is very polite and has good manners — all character traits McIntyre learned from her grandmother, Essie Lee Jones, whom she visited every summer in New Bern, North Carolina.
“She loves to help people,” said McIntyre, who was born in New Bern and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, of Royal. “She loves to read and help at Sunday School. Her story is about having manners and respecting herself and how it’s cool to be a good, polite person — loving. That’s the cool thing about her. Most of those principles came from my grandmother. I wrote the book and dedicated it to her.”
The Super Smart Girl’s Club, which McIntyre launched in 2017 after publishing the book, builds on those principles and expands them into action through community service and lunch-and-learn programs that introduce local girls to area entrepreneurs, business owners and experts in subjects such as personal finance.