Spring 2018: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
We are now accepting registration forms from 3rd- 5th grade girls.
Teams meet Monday/ Wednesday or Tuesday/ Thursday from 2:40- 4:05 at the KGH
Download your registration form here or pick up from KGH main office
Registration forms NOW DUE FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 to KGH office.
First practice for both schools scheduled for Feb 21/ 22.
Parents will receive a phone call with more information
prior to the start of the program.
In 2009, SAFV began the national Girls on the Run (GOTR) program in Sitka at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary. Since then, our local program has grown to include 25-40 girls each year, and, starting in spring 2017, a "Heart and Sole" team (Girls on the Run's program for 6th-8th graders) at Blatchley Middle School. This empowerment program for girls in third through eighth grade combines running with lessons on healthy living and positive peer relationships culminating in a 5K fun run.
The goal of Girls on the Run / Heart and Sole is to empower girls early in their lives to find strength, courage and self-respect from within and draw upon it as they face the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. SAFV supports GOTR as part of our primary prevention programming.
The curriculum is based on extensive educational research and “on the track” testing. Evaluations show improvement in girls’ attitudes about body image, eating attitudes, and self-esteem. Our GOTR coaches are the core of the program, providing positive mentoring relationships throughout the season and encouraging girls as they work together to accomplish their season goals. We all know being a girl is a big job, and to be the healthiest and happiest girl possible we need to come together with other girls to learn, live, dream and RUN!
In Sitka, we are proud to host GOTR in partnership with the Sitka School District. GOTR of Greater Alaska is made possible by our affiliate organization in Juneau, AWARE, Inc., which provides technical assistance and support to GOTR teams all over the region. For more information about Sitka's team or to volunteer, contact SAFV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We keep our costs for Girls on the Run as low as we can, in part thanks to our amazing volunteer coaches. However, half of our participants need scholarships each year. Individuals and organizations can fully sponsor a participant for $100, tax-deductible through SAFV. If you are interested in providing a partial or full scholarship,contact email@example.com.
GIRLS ON THE RUN
SAFV produced a series of PSAs for the 2014 season of Girls on the Run (GOTR). Each PSA focuses on a different theme from a lesson in the curriculum. The PSAs aired on KCAW Raven Radio throughout the season to build awareness about the program.
Listen to an interview with Girls on the Run Founder Molly Barker that aired over Raven Radio in Sitka and surrounding communities.
Girls on the Run Founder Molly Barker gives a motivational speech before the final 5K Fun Run in Sitka, spring 2014. (Photo by Anne Brice, SAFV)
Check out this radio story about Girls on the Run, produced by Anne Brice, that aired statewide over Alaska Public Radio Network and in Sitka and surrounding communities on Raven Radio.
In 2014, the founder of GOTR, Molly Barker, came to Sitka to meet our team and give them words of encouragement before their final 5K fun run. Video produced by Anne Brice, SAFV (2014)