As our second semester begins it also means the start for a new season of Girls on the Run. Last year I was lucky enough to be a part of Girls on the Run at Harrison Elementary and this year we are bringing the program to Grant Elementary for the first time!
Girls on the Run is offered for third-fifth grade students. The 10-week program promotes girls creating a sense of self identity, making new friends, and promoting a positive self-image. As the students get older and work their way closer to transitioning to middle school, building confidence in who they are is very crucial. Girls on the Run offers a safe, friendly environment for them to do just that. Every practice is broken down into two parts. We always begin a practice together with a lesson. “The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.” After the lessons we begin the running portion. The girls train for a 5K that takes place at the end of the season. The 5K is a time for every Girls on the Run team from every school in the surrounding area to come together and celebrate the season. Throughout their practices they set running goals and work towards accomplishing the 3.1 miles 5K run. The goal of Girls on the Run is that they just move forward in any way that they can.
I am so excited to get Girls on the Run started here at Grant. I think that this is an awesome opportunity for the girls in this school to grow both mentally and physically into strong, confident individuals.
-Cristal Boeding, Grant Site Coordinator