Friday, May 26, 2017

Girls on the Run has arrived in Windham by Jess Weatherbee

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a transformational physical activity based, positive youth development program for girls in third to eight grade; designed to develop and enhance girls’ competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. 

There are two programs within the organization: Girls on the Run (grades third through fifth) and   
Heart and Sole (grades sixth through eighth). The mission of Girls on the Run is to ‘inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running’.

This spring Girls on the Run Windham had an amazing turnout with a team of 20 girls. The goals of the program are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community, all while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.  

Last week on May 16, the girls with the support of their family, friends and teachers, participated in a practice 5K. The team has been practicing for 9 weeks and on Sunday June 4 will celebrate their accomplishments, along with other GOTR teams across the state, at the final Celebratory 5K at Cumberland Fair grounds.  

GOTR Windham 2017 team members include: Emma Alden, Bella Bragdon, Kendra Chalmers, Claire Chartier, Madison Cook, Zoe Dries, Sasha Funk, Ava Gerrity, Jenna Gray, Ava Lamkin, Zocia LaWind, Ella Lewis, Delilah McLaury, Avery Mentzinger, Lucy Rich, Olivia Saucier, Riley Small, Grace Snow, Maddison Vaillancourt, and Riley Yates.  The girls are coached by Linda Berry, Jess Carle, Rachel Pelletier, and Jess Weatherbee.  

Our vision for Windham is to ultimately have a Girls on the Run and a Heart and Sole Program in place so that more girls can have the opportunity to be a part of a team and work towards the Girls on the Run Mission.  

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