Cards of kindness, positive posters, bake sales, ‘get well soon’ cards and handmade toys for the animals at the Butte Humane Society are just a few ways the nearly 400 participants of Girls on the Run of the North State are impacting their community. During the program, teams of 8-15 girls design and implement a Community Impact Project of their choosing. This week, over 30 teams in Butte and Glenn counties will be implementing their projects.

The Community Impact Project is a key element in the Girls on the Run curriculum. It provides an opportunity for the girls to use the skills they have developed and enhanced over the course of the program. The project also provides an opportunity for the girls to apply effort over time towards a goal. The design and implementation of the Community Impact Project is completely driven by the team. Thus, girls feel a sense of ownership and empowerment as they work together towards their goal.

The design and implementation of the Community Impact Project is integrated into several lessons of the Girls on the Run curriculum. Lesson topics include cooperating as a team, the meaning of compromise and focusing on individual strengths, and how they play an important part of implementing the group project.

Girls on the Run of the North State has inspired over 2,000 girls to live joyful, healthy and confident lives for 13 seasons. Next season, Girls on the Run will be offered at more than 40 locations throughout Butte, Glenn, Shasta and Tehama counties. Each team meets two times a week for 75-90 minutes after school and participates in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate in a 5k event that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season.

Registration for the spring 2018 season opens January 9, 2018. The program fee is $125. Discounted rates are offered based on yearly, household income. The program fee includes 10 weeks of program, registration for the end-of-season 5k event, a shirt and finishers medal. More information about the program and registration can be found on the Girls on the Run of the North State’s website at gotrnothstate.org.

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.2 million girls since its inception in 1996.

All projects will be implemented on campus, immediately after school for an hour and a half.

Biggs GOTR- making and decorating cookies, along with thank you cards for the teachers and staff.  We will complete it on 11/7 and present it to the teachers on 11/8.

Woodrow Wilson- Dog care packages for fire victims