Saturday, May 7, 2016

Girls on the Run!

GOTR practice at Shades Cahaba
Girls on the Run is one of the sweetest little programs at our school.  It is offered to the 3rd-5th graders twice weekly after school for 3 months.  This program is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength.  Each week there is a lesson that encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  The girls discuss these topics, all while walking and running.  Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. 
B after her practice (and first) 5K at SCE
At the end of the 3 months, the girls participate in a GOTR 5k with a buddy.  This celebratory event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
B with friends and Mrs. Kennedy (her 3rd grade teacher)
2 miles into the race, she has this!

Bennett has never really enjoyed exercising, but the Fitbit she got at Christmas in addition to our  friendly challenges has made her more motivated.  This program, coupled with the nice weather, has her walking to school most days, walking home from school when she can and just playing outside more.  She has really enjoyed her time after school participating in this program. Several teachers at Shades Cahaba run the program at her school, and they have managed to recruit a few community volunteers to help out with all of the girls.

We ran, we conquered!

photo booth after the race

We ran the 5K on May 7th, and I had the privilege of being her race buddy.  It was a fun and rewarding experience for both of us, and I couldn't be more proud of Bennett.  She shaved time from her practice race, and we now have something to work towards for years to come.  Bennett is going to accomplish great things!

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