CHES Girls Ready to Run 5K
CHURCH HILL — “My coach told me you ran like a girl, and I said, if you ran a little faster you could too.” This spring at Church Hill Elementary School a new before school program was initiated under the direction of teacher April Quigley.
“To improve the wellness and confidence in our young ladies we created a Girls Ready to Run program consisting of 35 third- and fourth-grade girls,” said Quigley. Girls Ready to Run or GRR! as they call themselves, said Quigley, was a nod to the Church Hill Elementary lion cub mascot.
The girls met for eight weeks to exercise before school and talked about topics such as friendship, selfconfidence and being part of a community.
“It is an awesome way to empower our girls for the future,” Quigley said.
The program ended Friday, April 29, with a 5k Fun Run at Church Hill Park.
Watching the girls was inspiring, she said, as they worked so hard to reach their goal and cross the finish line. Ten volunteers comprising staff and parents helped with the program. As an added part of the fun run the girls were “surprised” with color powder that was thrown on them for motivation. Quigley said, these types of color runs are popular in races now, and at every water break station parents and siblings had a chance to get color powder on them.
“The girls loved it! At the finish line they got a lot of powder thrown at them as excitement for their big accomplishment running a 5K,” said Quigely, “Our goal was to teach the girls that exercise can be fun as well as helping them believe in themselves that they can reach their goals.”
The program falls under the school’s CHESter’s Healthy Early Starters program which consists of a morning Frisbee club, jump rope club and the Girls Ready to Run club. The program was additionally awarded a grant of $2,000 from the Women’s and Girls Fund from Easton to help defray the costs of all of the morning programs.
Thirty-five girls in third and fourth grade at Church Hill Elementary School participate in the first Girls Ready to Run 5k.
Third- and fourth-grade girls from Church Hill Elementary compete in the first Girls Ready to Run 5K, Friday, April 29, 2016.
At the finish line of the first Girls Ready to Run 5K in Church Hill, girls get powder thrown at them for their effort in accomplishing a 5K.