(Pictured: Mr. David Cain is in the check photo with the girls. He is a veteran and a wounded warrior that works for the Wounded Warrior Project as their regional alumni director.)
According to Wylandville Elementary's Health and Physical Education Teacher Ms. McCutcheon, the Girls on the Run Program is beneficial to young girls both physically and mentally,
"GOTR is an afterschool running program for girls in third through eighth grade (they have two programs: GOTR for girls in third through fifth grade and Heart and Soul for girls in sixth through eighth grade.) This program teaches girls how to take care of themselves and others, how to set goals and achieve them, what empathy is and how to show it and how to resolve conflicts. It also provides girls with an outlet to express themselves all while building confidence and relationships with the coaches and other GOTR girls. This program empowers girls to not only to be physically active but to be kinder and happier humans and to value their own self-worth. One of the GOTR goals the girls set is completing the 5K event which happens at the conclusion of the program, girls will hop, skip, run or walk to the finish line!"
GOTR allows the girls to pick their own project and the girls decided on the Wounded Warrior Project themselves. Ms. McCutcheon says the girls worked together at the last few practices to decide who and how they wanted to help. They were inspired by the SRO officer at Wylandville, Officer Logan Hradecky. He is in the military and has left his mark on each of these girls. His positive attitude and care for the students is above and beyond what could be expected.
Click here for a video interview with Ms. McCutcheon and Ms. Ford from when this program was featured on the CM Spotlight's page and click through below for some photos from the 5k and End of the Season party. Congratulations to all involved on completing the 5k and this fantastic act of community service to the Wounded Warrior Project!