irls On the Run is a positive youth development program that inspires third through fifth grade girls to stay true to themselves and live free from social stereotypes. Courtney Cox, a Stetson Law student, and Rachel Mita, a Gulfport Elementary teacher, have been coaching Girls On the Run at Gulfport Elementary for 2 seasons. Recently the group has been discussing different kinds of communities and the importance of using their unique gifts and talents to positively impact their community. The girls came up with so many lovely ideas, and decided to bake holiday cookies Monday, December 7 for the residents at nearby Boca Ciega Center, a nursing and rehabilitation center.
The 10-week curriculum innovatively weaves training for a 5k run with lessons that empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, and embrace their gifts.