Every Girl Can Run - East Orange CTES

Every Girl Can Run - Girls on the Run East Orange CTES

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About this project

GOTR Council: Girls on the Run New Jersey East

Project Created on: 11/01/2016

Project Type: SoleMates



In my 5th season of coaching Girls on the Run at Cicely L Tyson Elementary School, I am proud to say that I have had the opportunity to make an impact on over 50 girls' lives in the 3rd through 5th grades.  As part of the "Every Girl Can Run" initiative, our school is the recipient of over $10,000 in Grant funding, utilized to make sure that East Orange represents for Essex County in the seasonal 5K runs and our girls have access to this wonderful program.  

Please help me to give back to our program.  As a seasoned marathon runner, I am running the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20, 2016.  I am hoping to gain funding (if each person could pledge $26.20, that would represent $1 for every mile that I will run) for our program and increase awareness of the need for integrating athletic programs in young peoples' lives.

More about Girls on the Run:


Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

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