Colette Prainito, 8, of Farmingville, is scheduled to light the Empire State Building red with actress Dakota Fanning on Oct. 11 in a ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.

Colette is in third grade, and she and her father, Nick, sponsor a girl named Diala from Indonesia through the Save the Children organization. Save the Children Sponsorship provides children in the United States and around the world with aid and education to improve their well-being.

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Says Colette of Diala: “We have some stuff in common. We both like dancing and playing with our dolls and coloring. And our favorite subject is math.”

International Day of the Girl is a day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential, according to Save the Children, which partnered with the Empire State Building to mark the occasion. “Worldwide, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world,” the Save the Children organization said in a press release.

Colette and Fanning will be joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president and chief executive, fellow girl sponsors from the tri-state area and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. The ceremonial lighting happens at 10 a.m., but the red lights won’t be visible until sunset.

“I feel very happy and excited,” Colette said in a telephone interview about the upcoming lighting.

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To learn more about sponsoring children, visit sponsor.savethechildren.org.