Young students empowered by Girls on the Run

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Girls on the Run is a nationwide program designed to inspire young girls and teach them lifelong lessons. Groups meet at different school locations for practices throughout the week. The 10-week program ends with a 5K run in which everyone can participate.

"I am such a strong believer in Girls on the Run, and believe it does magic for young girls," said Jaclyn Kinney, a kindergarten teacher at Tarkington Elementary School. "It helps them develop growth and strength and confidence they need to be supported in and out of the classroom."

It's a program that makes a big impact in the lives of young girls.

"In South Bend Schools, it's a necessity," said Melanie Meyer, a digital integration specialist. "The girls are able to get that sense of accomplishment."

For middle school girls, it's a great opportunity to learn new skills and life lessons they might not otherwise learn at that age.

"I think it's changed some girls that aren't able to experience all that change at once at home, or get that one-on-one attention in the classroom," Kinney said.

"The day of the race is awesome," Tarkington Principal Matt Emery explained. "There's teachers, groups of girls, staff members, there's energy."

Emery has run in three Girls on the Run 5Ks before and is excited to be a part of this year's.

Early bird registration for the race ends on April 15. For race details and to sign up, click here.