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Lyseth Students Are “Girls on the Run”

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Lyseth Students Are “Girls on the Run”
Posted on 11/18/2014

Students at Lyseth Elementary School this year are participating in Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based youth development program for girls that teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.

Girls on the Run-Maine is a grantee of the Maine Women’s Fund, which recently posted a newsletter article about Lyseth students' participation in the program.

Girls on the Run-Maine offers two 10-week seasons each year for girls in grades 3 through 8, one in the fall and one in the spring, according to the article and the organization’s website. Teams of as many as 15 girls practice twice weekly. Each practice combines a curricular focus with running. The curriculum helps participating girls gain a better understanding of who they are by building their self-confidence, teaching self-respect, and developing healthy habits.

The curriculum topic at Lyseth during an Oct. 21 practice was gossip. The girls started with an indoor activity ,playing "telephone" to see how gossip is spread), and then moved into warm-up activities, mixing the learning topic of the day with some physical activity. Afterwards, they ran laps.

With Girls on the Run, girls work together in teams to complete projects and accomplish goals to realize the power of providing support and encouragement to their peers. Each season concludes with an exploration of how the girls can positively shape the world, the completion of a community impact project and a 5K (3.1 mile) race. The teams are led by volunteer coaches, who can be teachers, parents or other community members.

The Girls on the Run-Maine branch is a new independent council of the GOTR International program. Created in 1996, Girls on the Run International (GONTRI) now exists in 47 states and Canada. Girls on the Run-Maine plans to rapidly expand in 2015 in Cumberland, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, Penobscot and York Counties, reaching approximately 750 girls, and to eventually grow throughout the state within five to 10 years.

The Maine Women’s Fund is a public foundation dedicated to building economic security for Maine women and girls and strengthening communities through grants to nonprofit organizations and the advancement of women’s philanthropic leadership.

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Lyseth "Girls on the Run" do some warm-up exercises and also participate in a "telephone" game that shows how gossip can spread.