Hi Fellow Parents
I've been keeping track of a program that really excites me. It is called Girls on the Run. The Mission is "to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living." Coaches use running and experimental learning to help girls build self esteem.
They are taking registration now for an after school program being held at John Muir. You can get more info for your daughter or young female friends at http://www.girlsrun.org/signup.html. I'm not associated with this group, so don't call me for details - I just think it is an incredible program for young girls.
They are also recruiting "running buddies" and "coaches" who help the girls run a 5K - and deliver the training materials.
Girls on the Run is a curriculum based, experiential learning program that utilizes the power of running to provide 3rd-5th grade girls the tools to:
* Celebrate their bodies,
* Honor their voices,
* Recognize their gifts and,
* Activate their power!
Our program is offered twice a year, during the spring and fall, at various locations throughout the Puget Sound region. Each program session is 10 weeks long and consists of 20 lessons. Program sites meet twice a week for 1½ hours in the afternoon. Each session is led by a team of trained female volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls through the fun and uplifting curriculum. Along the way, the girls train together to walk or run the non-competitive New Balance Girls on the Run 5k (3.1 mile) event which takes place at the end of the program session. Completing the 5k event give the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment!
Our volunteer coaches facilitate a well researched and copyrighted curriculum. The curriculum is divided into three parts to encompass the following concepts:
* Part One: All About Me…Getting to Know Who I am and What I Stand For!
* Part Two: Building My Team…Understanding the Importance of Cooperation
* Part Three: Community Begins with Me…Learning about Community and Designing Our Own Community Project
You can learn more at http://www.girlsrun.org/ourprogram.html