A new program is now underway for TCDS girls in third through fifth grade. It’s called Girls on the Run, and it’s an international program, impacting communities across the United States and Canada.
The mission of Girls on the Run: to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run combines exciting and fun learning activities with running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles. The program hopes to enable girls to realized and activate their incredible potential and be free to boldly pursue their dreams.
Currently, 16 female students at TCDS are taking part in Girls on the Run. Lori Owen, a TCDS parent, is the coach of the group, and seventh grade Science teacher Mrs. Maxwell is the assistant coach. A student from Salpointe High School also volunteers with the group.
Girls on the Run is a semester-long program, and about 15 girls can join each semester in order to keep the sessions more personal. Another session of Girls on the Run will kick off next January, and that is when a new group of girls will be able to join the program.
Group meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, from 3:15-4:30pm. A typical meeting consists of exercise, a run, discussion of healthy lifestyle choices, reflection on self-esteem, discussions about media influence and peer pressure, as well as ways to increase confidence and continue to develop a healthy body image.
Girls on the Run culminates with a 5k run, during which participants will be able to run with a parent, teacher or volunteer partner. Students in the current semester’s program will participate in a 5k run in November.
Coming up this month is the Thin Mint Sprint. The Girls on the Run participants can choose to participate in a 100-meter dash, 1-mile or 5k run. The event takes place Sunday, September 29 at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park. It’s open to the entire community.