Girls Run Together at CRC

A brand-new, one of a kind after-school program geared toward empowering third- to fifth-grade girls is coming to C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School with the advent of the Girls Run Together pilot program.

The idea to apply for the pilot program came from Mary Ellen Weaver, vice principal at CRC.

Weaver will be serving as captain of the newly created running team, The Sierra Sisters, and couldn’t be more excited to share the program with the community.

“Girls Run Together is a 10-week after-school program by Girls on the Run that encourages girls to develop confidence at a time they need it the most,” Weaver explained.

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“We are fundraising so that a team of 15 girls will have an opportunity to participate in this life-changing program this spring.”

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization and the only program of its kind, and provides inclusive and fun after-school and camp programming to girls, as well as piloting the Girls Run Together program in 20 rural communities.

Weaver initially learned about the Girls on the Run program when she lived in the Midwest. “I was really engaged in running in my college years, and so this program grabbed my attention,” Weaver said.

The curriculum puts a focus on empowerment, confidence, self-love and more, through engaging lessons, with a splash of fitness, according to Weaver.

Weaver explained that over the last year and a half at the school, the heightened focus on social-emotional learning and enrichment led her to reach out and submit an application for CRC.

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Once a team has been formed, the program will kick off and girls will have a chance to learn a wide variety of life skills, from lessons on self-confidence, fitness and mental well-being, to lessons designed to engage students in the planning process and goal attainment.

A team of up to 15 girls will work with four coaches from the school: Elizabeth Elorza, a second-grade teacher at CRC; fifth-grade teacher Emily Felix; classified employee Makayla Villarreal; and Weaver.

“We are all first aid and CPR trained and certified,” Weaver said proudly, adding that those certifications allow all four to be eligible as “full-fledged coaches.”

  “The girls will be designing a community impact project using the core curriculum during this experience,” Weaver explained. The culminating event of the 10-week program will be a non-competitive 5K Color Run.

“I’m excited to offer this program to girls in our community,” Weaver emphasized. “It’s going to be great to have another place for young girls to build connections, relationships and physical fitness.”

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For more information on the program or how to make a tax-deductible donation, contact Weaver at [email protected] or call 832-0211 ext. 4131.

Girls on the Run: The numbers

– 97% of girls said they learn critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others or making intentional decisions.

– 85% of girls improved in confidence, caring, competence, character development or connection to others.

– 40% increase in physical activity level among girls who were least active at the start of the season.

Girls on the Run reaches girls at a critical stage, strengthening their confidence at a time when society begins to tell them they can’t. Underscoring the important connection between physical and emotional health, this program addresses the whole girl when she needs it the most.