“Girls on the Run” Give Back with Community Service Project

Our “Girls on the Run” girls are making a difference in our community!

On Monday, our school’s 20 “Girls on the Run” participants – in grades three through five – took part in a community service project. The girls were challenged to provide some type of service for others in our community.

On their own, the girls decided to make toys for animals at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA). They made dog toys out of socks and empty water bottles and cat toys out of cat nip, string, fabric and bells.

The girls discussed how the toys would help both the animals and the people who work at the HSSA.

“Girls on the Run” leaders Ms. Adrienne (first-grade teacher) and Ms. Laurie (kindergarten teacher) are very proud of the girls!








New Group of Girls Excited to Team Up for Girls on the Run

A new group of girls in grades three through five are participating in a new session of Girls on the Run.
The girls meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. TCDS parent Lori Owen is heading up the group. Mr. Fisher, preschool teacher Martha Rose, and Mrs. Maxwell’s daughter Josie are helping out as well.
Lori says that the girls are doing amazing! They are all getting along and doing a great job. The girls will be running a 5k in April through Girls on the Run.
Keep up the excellent work, girls!

Girls on the Run Ends on a Great Note

Our school’s Girls on the Run participants concluded their program with a 5k run at Sabino High School. The girls had running buddies which included parents, siblings, teachers and relatives. Some relatives even came from other states to run with the girls.

Lori Owen, a TCDS parent who is the coach of our school’s Girls on the Run, said the girls did a great job.
Congratulations Girls on the Run participants! We are all very proud of you!
At meetings before the run took place, the girls also worked on a community service project. They made rope leashes for the Humane Society. 
A big thank you to Lori Owen, middle school science teacher Mrs. Maxwell, Mr. Fisher and each of the Girls on the Run participants for all of your hard work helping to make this so successful at our school.


Girls on the Run Students and Staff Take Part in Thin Mint Sprint

It was an action-packed Sunday morning at Brandi Fenton Park for several TCDS Girls on the Run participants. Six of our students and three staff members turned out for the Thin Mint Sprint – a run put on by the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
Brennen, Honor, Courtney, Victoria, Sarah and Isabella are the Girls on the Run gals who took part in the 5k Thin Mint Sprint. Also participating in the sprint was middle school science teacher Mrs. Maxwell, fifth-grade teacher Mr. Fisher and Resource teacher Ms. Huber. Mrs. Maxwell’s daughter, Josie, also ran in the sprint; Josie also helps with the Girls on the Run program. 

From left: Brennen, Honor, Josie, Courtney, Victoria and Sarah are several Girls on the Run gals who took part in this past weekend’s Thin Mint Sprint. Not pictured: Isabella, who also participated in the sprint.

Way to go, girls! We are proud of you!

Girls on the Run Program “Off and Running”

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.


Our Girls on the Run girls

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 participants are united in friendship!

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.