Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Bradford

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Girls on the Run

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Samatha de Poortere, Writer

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Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that aims to create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Girls meet twice a week in groups of 8-20 girls from grades 3 to 5. The program involves 24 different lessons that are run by certified coaches. Each lesson includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Girls are encouraged to run for 30 minutes during practice in order to prepare for a 5k.

Elizabeth Bradford is a junior here at MHS and has worked hard to bring the Girls on the Run program to St. Vincent Martyr School and the younger girls in Madison.

 

MDO asked Elizabeth some questions about how she got involved with Girls on the Run and how she brought it to another school.

 

MDO: How did you find out about the program?

 

Elizabeth: My mother helps out sometimes at St. Vincent Martyr School, which is a Catholic school for kids from kindergarten through eighth grade, and one of the moms of the children there was talking about wanting to bring the program to the school, but said that they had no one to coach it.

 

MDO: How did you get involved?

 

Elizabeth: I participated in a program when I was in 3rd grade and loved it. I really believed in its message and wanted to help other girls have the same experience as I did. So I got in touch with my friend Nicole First, who also went to St. Vincent Martyr School with me and is now a junior at Villa Walsh. We got together and wrote an email saying that we wanted to be coaches.

 

MDO: What did you have to do to become a become a coach?

 

Elizabeth: I had to get basic first aid training and then go to a special coaching training seminar. At the seminar we were taught how to act and were given some fun tips to really captivate the girls.

 

MDO: How did you bring the program to St. Vincent Martyr School and how did it go?

 

Elizabeth: Nicole and I, as well as a few other moms who were recruited, ran the program. I have never felt so proud of the girls. They started out cliquey and not wanting to do anything, but by the end they were are all as passionate about the program as I was. It was amazing to see the girls bond and make new friends. I feel like I have 26 new little sisters.

 

To learn more about Girls on the Run, visit their website: http://m.girlsontherun.org//

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