WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – After training for about 10 weeks, 15 girls completed a 5K run this morning.
The girls are part of the Girls on the Run program at Hershey Elementary School. The national organization is an after-school club which helps girls build self-esteem, have a positive body image and understand how to deal with bullying.
Running is the main component to help the girls in those areas, but the group has also participated in community service projects. Through running together, students who might not otherwise connect with one another are able to build a sense of camaraderie.
“Not all of them are going to turn out to be long term runners. That’s not really the focus of the program, but there’s definitely a boost in self-esteem and confidence at the end. And for that reason, parents enjoy the program very much as well,” said Girls on the Run council director Kelley Stokesbary.
The program will be expanding to three other schools in Tippecanoe County and one in Clinton County at the start of the next school year.