This year Wellington Elementary has offered two after school programs in an effort to promote physical activity. “Girls Run the World” was created to help students both physically and intellectually. The counselors encouraged everyone to join and specifically reached out with personal invitations to those who might normally be reluctant to participate. Each Wednesday after school, our counselors, some teachers, and a group of parent volunteers meet with 4th and 5th grade girls. They are working to develop confidence and character while promoting physical activity. Each week they begin with a mini lesson on topics such as “Friend vs. Phony,” “To Compare is to Despair,” “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” Building Self-Esteem, etc… After their small group discussions, the girls hit the jogging trail. This running club is empowering young ladies to face their fears, take on challenges, get out of their comfort zones, and best of all – to be physically active!
Wellington Elementary also has a Jump Rope Team, which meets on Mondays after school. This co-ed group performs all around our community, at neighboring schools, and for our own student body. They inspire and motivate kids of all ages and ability levels to try new jump rope tricks.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Both programs have built students' self-esteem, empowered students to set and achieve goals, and promoted physical activity. Our students have taken such pride in their accomplishments and really felt a sense of self worth as a result.
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