CHES Girls Ready to Run 5K

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­time.com

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.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTOS

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.

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