Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization geared towards inspiring girls to be all they can be. Dedicated to encouraging young girls to go after their dreams with interactive lessons, running and games, the organization’s mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”
Kiana Philip is a special education teacher and Girls on the Run coach at CVCS. “I got involved because I love running,” Kiana said. “I was a cheerleader and thought this is a great way to cheer on a bunch of girls in a sport that I also love.”
The program is for girls in grades 3-5 who meet twice a week to participate in activities. At the end of each season, there is a Girls on the Run 5K in which the girls participate with a running buddy – anyone 18 or older who runs with the girls.
“It is such an amazing and inspiring experience to see girls that have never run a day in their life cross the finish line of a 5K,” Kiana said. “To me, I believe that crossing the finish line of the 5K is truly the start in their journey of becoming a woman.”
Nine students participated in the program at CVCS this season, and Kiana was able foster growth and positivity within each of her participants. With the Girls on the Run program at CVCS, girls are given a safe space and an opportunity to grow into the person they want to become.
“The program embraces the differences in all girls and is a safe place for a girl to just be a girl,” Kiana said. “We strive to participate in a judgement–free zone that allows for each girl to express themselves in a way that is ‘just right’ for them. At CVCS, we strive to make each girl the best they can be!”