Longfellow School Pilots Maine’s “Girls on the Run” Program
Maine’s first “Girls on the Run” program is taking place this fall at Longfellow Elementary School. The national program promotes wellness and self-esteem in preteen girls through a curriculum that integrates running.
Thirty-seven Longfellow students in grades three through five are participating in the 10-week, after-school program. They meet twice a week.
As the girls train for a five-kilometer race, they discuss topics such as fueling your healthy “pace,” building a team and combating gossip. The curriculum is designed to help the girls enhance their problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions. They perform a community service project.