One of our AmeriCorps members, Mariana Silliman, created a service project at Henry World Middle School that established a girls running club. It is a grant-funded program and is the first of it’s kind at the school site. This is one example of the many projects our members create and put together at their school sites, but this is a special expose of Mariana’s project:
Henry World School Program: After writing a grant and applying to the national Girls on the Run program, Henry World School received a scholarship to host the program for the 2012 Spring and Fall seasons and was awarded a grant that sponsors 10 students, which equates to roughly $1,450. I opened the program to 7th and 8th grade girls, and currently there are 22 girls total who were interested in joining. With the grant, 10 of the girls are fully covered and the principal at Henry World Middle School has committed to helping find sponsors for the other 12. The team is split equally between the 7th and 8th graders. Every Monday and Friday afternoon we meet for practice directly after school and run till 5:15pm. Upon the girls’ request, we will be hosting optional practices on Wednesday afternoons!
For the majority of the girls, this is their first time being a member of a team. While athletic capabilities and financial commitments are not required the girls must attend all practices (unless excused) to run in the final 5k. Although we have only been practicing for 2 weeks, already, for a few members, practice attendance and school attendance have shown significant Improvement! I am looking forward to the upcoming season! Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of our progress!
Check out the video below to hear Mariana speak more about her project: