Overheard at a practice session from one of the participants of Girls-on-the-Run on the Queen of Apostles School grounds, “Now…I know I can!” This was in response to whether the hesitating student thought she could accomplish the 5K run that is hosted by Girls On The Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The purpose of this run is in fact a means to an end, a much bigger picture that encompasses the molding and nurturing of girls into self-confident, independent and ultimately, healthy individuals.
Queen of Apostles has been participating in this enriching program in the past and is continuing this tradition this year. This year they have 15 participants from grades 3-5 forming two teams. Coaches consist of both teachers and parents who volunteer their time in helping these girls embrace confidence, and inculcate faith in themselves to achieve whatever their hearts are set on. Says Karolyn Hill, one of the coaches and the fourth grade teacher, “Girls on the Run is a life-changing afterschool program for girls where they learn life skills such as healthy decision-making, teamwork and confidence while simultaneously training to complete a 5K.” Meeting twice a week, the 20-lesson curriculum combines training for a 3.1 miles running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions.
With Mother Mary as their patron Saint, Queen of Apostles strongly believes in being a self-confident, responsible and healthy individual. These values are nurtured among the girls when they participate in the Girls-on-the-Run program. They are taught to be responsible for their actions, respect their environment, and display a “Never Give Up” attitude. The training and discipline that goes towards this 5k run and the tangible goal attainment of having run that race teaches them to respect themselves, in mind, body, and spirit, and honor the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.
We wish the Queen of Apostles teams the very best as they prepare to not only run the 5K run but prepare to be confident young women who Never Give Up!