In September, the McGlynn Elementary School became part of the Girls on the Run program. The program was coached by teachers Megan Richard, Kelsey Cullen and Jackie Murano, and consisted of 19 girls from grades 3 through grades 5. On Friday, December 1st, the three coaches hosted a SURPRISE Pep Rally for the girls before their big end of the season 5k. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes were present in the gym for the assembly. These girls have worked SO hard the past 10 weeks, learning about important life skills and participating in a practice 5k in the middle school on a rainy day, which ended up being 62 laps around the basketball court to equal 3.1 miles! The coaches are looking forward to starting the program up again in the Spring of 2018!
The 19 girls included:
3rd grade: Atkea, Meriem, Jaliyah
4th grade: Diane, Teagan, Lina, Nadine, Sophia
5th grade: Gaby, Ava, Jordan, Breanna, Kaylee, Jacquelyn, Sierra, Safiya, Emma, Fajr, Asnin
ABOUT GIRLS ON THE RUN – (information below is from Program Director, Kristen Bonito)
Girls on the Run of Greater Boston hosted its end-of- season 5k event on Sunday, December 3rd at Dedham High School! Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nonprofit organization that uses a positive youth development (PA-PYD) program based on physical activity, (in the form of running), to empower young women. The program helps 3rd to 8th grade girls to develop key life skills, such as leadership and self-confidence, all the while preparing them for a 5k event at the season’s end. Participants develop and
improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls.
The GOTR of Greater Boston 2017 Fall Season ran for 10 weeks, with volunteer-led teams meeting twice a week throughout the season to participate in both running activities and lessons that foster the girls’ confidence, help them build connections with their peers, and encourage meaningful contribution to their community through a service project.
The celebratory 5k is a non-competitive event that not only provides girls with a goal to work toward during the season, and shows them that the finish line is just the beginning when chasing their dreams. In 2015 alone, Girls on the Run held more than 350 events across the United States, making this nonprofit the host of the nation’s largest 5K series.
On Sunday, December 3rd, close to 1,100 runners participated in the GOTR of Greater Boston Fall 5k, including 470 girls and 130 coaches in the Greater Boston program, their running buddies and community runners. The event took place in Dedham and was open to the public – adults and children, seasoned runners and newcomers alike –and over 200 volunteers made the event a success.
The event marked the end of a fulfilling Fall Season of positivity and joy, a sentiment that was affirmed by all the smiling faces of girls crossing the 5k’s finish line. Girls on the Run of Greater Boston will once again restart its program in the Spring. For more information about the Greater Boston 2018 Spring Season, the 5k event(s), or how to become involved with Girls on the Run, visit our website at www.girlsontherunboston.com.