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How GOTR Girls Gave Back This Spring

By Asha Ellison on 06/15/2018 | Giving Back

Not only are Girls on the Run participants strong and smart, they’re also courteous and giving!

In fact, each season, GOTR girls make a positive contribution to the communities they call home through community service. Girls are given the chance to plan a Community Impact Project which provides them an opportunity to recognize the power and potential they have to make an impact on their neighbors, and neighborhoods, all around the world. From gardening at their schools to helping the homeless, GOTR girls made impressive strides during this season. The following are just a few ways that girls made waves of change in their communities:

Girls from Copper Ridge Elementary School with Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville helped beautify their school with freshly planted flowers and trees.

Girls from Maverick Elementary School with Girls on the Run of Bexar County helped firefighters make posters featuring summer safety tips to post around their school. They also made goody bags for the firefighters that service their school and included a bag of dog treats for the new station dog, Honey.

Another group of girls from Beard Elementary with Girls on the Run Bexar County hosted a garage sale and a bake sale. The girls chose to donate the funds they raised to Morgan's Wonderland, a theme park that’s accessible for all ages and abilities. The girls created posters and gathered items to sell, including baked goods. The girls' goal was to raise $500, which they surpassed at $556.50.

Partnering with Seniors on a Mission, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida completed a council-wide Community Impact Project that included filling a bus at their 5K event with plastic grocery bags, which were collected to later be turned into sleeping mats for the homeless.

GOTR girls from two schools represented by Girls on the Run of Central Kentucky, Ashland Elementary and Warner Elementary, gave back to their communities in very big ways. The girls from Ashland Elementary made care packages for the homeless. Each one contained a blanket handmade by the girls as well as non-perishable food items and bottled water. The girls from Warner hosted a bake sale for Gavin's Goodies, a foundation which provides snacks to the pediatric hematology-oncology clinic for patients who have been fasting for procedures. The girls sold $200 in goodies in 30 minutes and got to meet Gavin!

The girls with Girls on the Run Capital Area also gave in many ways. Girls from Lingle Avenue Elementary made cards for children at the Penn State Children's Hospital. The girls from Carroll Elementary made blankets for the Ronald McDonald House and GOTR girls from Rutherford Elementary Girls raised $304.04 and seven boxes of donations for the Human Society of Harrisburg.

And last, but not least, the girls from Susquenita Elementary washed cars for their teachers after school to show them some appreciation.

Do you have a Community Impact Project to share? Send projects to stories@girlsontherun.org or use the hashtag #CommunityImpactProject on social media.

Asha Ellison

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Asha is the Communications Manager for Girls on the Run International where she works to keep the GOTR world connected. Asha, also a mental health professional, believes in teaching girls (she has 5 nieces!) that the power of their dreams exists without bounds or limitations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, creating inspirational videos and eating too many macarons!

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