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As thousands of students across the region returned to school Monday, the morning bell also rang for a group of Wilmington kids in the middle of a new learning model for the state.

GLOW, Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, held its grand opening Monday morning. The facility, the first all-girls charter school in North Carolina, starts its initial year with 100 sixth-graders, most of whom come from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The plan is to add additional grades each year and guide the girls through to graduation and help them get into college.

The school, at 606 S. College Road, is part of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which began in East Harlem, and now with the new Wilmington location has 18 schools around the country affiliated with the network.

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