Posted Asha Ellison on 12/14/2018 |Giving Back
Girls on the Run programming is unparalleled in many different ways. While our programs inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, we also encourage empathy through civic engagement. During each 10-to-12-week season, program participants complete a Community Impact Project (Girls on the Run) or an Extending the reach of the Girl Wheel activity (Heart & Sole), which allows girls to make a positive impact on local communities and the world.
Fall 2018 was no different! Here’s how GOTR girls provided outreach over the span of the season:
Girls on the Run Atlanta
Girls at the Agape Youth Family Center in Atlanta, along with supporters JaBria Mitchell and Amanda Trevisan, made sandwiches and snack bags for homeless youth and adults in their neighborhood after expressing a desire to help individuals like those they passed on bus rides to GOTR practice. Each girl brought supplies to contribute to the project and also included encouraging, handwritten notes for every snack-pack recipient.
Girls on the Run Charlotte
Heart & Sole girls at James Martin Middle School created inspiring and uplifting cards for people within their community. This project stretched girls outside of their comfort zones and encouraged them to make connections with others they occasionally interact with (doctors, cafeteria workers and neighbors, etc.) but would like to know better.
Girls on the Run Central Kentucky
The animal-loving GOTR team at Calvary Elementary in Lebanon, KY promoted and hosted an after-school donation drive for the Marion County pet shelter while their peers at Rosa Parks Elementary (Lexington, KY) held an after-school donation drive then assembled Thanksgiving meal bags for another local Elementary school.
Rosa Parks Elementary
Clays Mill Elementary GOTR teams, also in Lexington, KY, assembled hand-crafted care packages for the children at the Ronald McDonald House.
Clay Mills Elementary
Girls on the Run Cincinnati
Reading Hilltop Elementary
Program participants at Reading Hilltop Elementary in Cincinnati decided to pay Girls on the Run forward by teaching some of their favorite GOTR lessons to peers in an afterschool reading program. The girls taught 28 other students calming strategies, how to look on the bright side, how to solve a problem and math.
Another group of GOTR girls at Marshall Elementary in Cincinnati, painted a wall of encouraging messages in the school cafeteria to help brighten the atmosphere!
Girls on the Run New Hampshire
The environmentally sound girls at The Horne Street School made a YouTube video to educate people on the dangers of using plastic straws.
What are some ways you or a girl you know plan to give back to the community in 2019? Let us know in the comments below!