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Kent County Girls on the Season Finale 5k Run

 

BY STELLAFLY
PHOTOS TERRY JOHNSTON

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, the stadium at East Kentwood High School was filled with over 2000+ strong, confident elementary school girls ready to give new meaning to the phrase “girl power.” The girls, along with family, friends and community members, arrived together, in teams, in a 5 K (3.1 mile) celebration run to mark the completion of their involvement in the 10-week Kent County Girls on the Run program.

Prior to the event, Molly Barker, Girls on the Run‘s founder, spoke to two local elementary Kent County Schools. Barker started Girls on the Run in 1996 to help girls untangle from the negativity that squishes their spirits during middle school. She left her career as a counselor to do it, making ends meet by catering at night. Her passion for the cause was fierce. Barker started the program in Charlotte, N.C. with 13 girls. Today, it’s grown to 160,000 girls in more than 200 cities. (Read more

The most important day for every GOTR girl is the Season Finale 5k – this is an event where they can celebrate all their hard work and training! Because this is such a special day for so many, the entire community is invited to participate. The goal of the season finale 5K is for the girls to do their best while having fun! The girls are not encouraged to race competitively, but rather to reach their own individual goals. For most girls, that means making it to the finish-line – whether by walking, running or skipping.

Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk with a series of engaging, fun lessons that inspire girls to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. The non-competitive 5K celebration run is a capstone event that helps participants realize the power they have to achieve their goals.

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The Kent County Girls on the Run is now in its ninth year. Kicking off the 2013 season, KCGOTR welcomed 8 new sites to their Council family, making a total of 68 sites in schools throughout Kent County. 2055 girls participating on over 130 teams. This is all done through the efforts of over 270+ volunteer team liaisons and coaches. The teams, comprised of girls in the third through fifth grade, meet twice a week after school and follow a 10-week curriculum that mixes running workouts with games and group discussions on topics ranging from emotions and gratitude to gossip, bullying, drugs and nutrition.

A key part of the program is involvement in community service. Each team selects a project in which to participate in as a way of experiencing what it means to help others. The program culminates with the non-competitive 5K celebration run, a capstone event that helps participants realize the power they have to achieve their goals.

A similar program, Girls on Track, is offered in the fall for girls in grades six through eight.

The program is funded by program fees, offered on a sliding scale, donations, sponsorships and grants. A number of fundraising events are held throughout the year to raise funds to support the nonprofit program.

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The Grand Rapids Red Project presents World AIDS Day GR featuring Jake Mossop

 

Wealthy Theater
December 1, 2012

BY STELLAFLY
PHOTOGRAPHER IAN ANDERSON

Last weekend in celebration of WORLD AIDS DAY, The Grand Rapids Red Project brought Jake Mossop, from television’s “1 girl 5 gays,” to engage the Grand Rapids community in an interactive discussion on the state of HIV/AIDS in the world today.

Mossop, also known as “Nurse Jake,” is a cast member of MTV Canada/LogoTV’s “1 girl 5 gays.” Jake considers himself “first and foremost” a nurse and is currently working toward his Masters of Nursing Degree. Jake says he joined the 1G5G show to “to bring some balance to the panel and do my best to bring a health and safety perspective when possible to the gamet of topics covered by the show.”

“Healthy You” host, Valerie Lego, and local representatives from Red Project, GRAAHI, and other partner organizations joined Mossop in presenting information regarding HIV locally in Kent County. The event included an Question and Answer discussion.

The event was free. Kent County Health Department was on-site doing rapid HIV testing for anyone interested in updating their status or getting tested.

The Grand Rapids Red Project is a local organization whose mission is preventing HIV, reducing risk, and improving health in the city of Grand Rapids. Each year the Grand Rapids Red Project reaches thousands of people with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention and provides education about the need for HIV testing.

Partners and Sponsors included: Simplicity by LoriBeth, The Sharpe Collection, Rapid Growth Media, Until Love Is Equal, GRAAHI, GVSU LGBT Resource Center, West Michigan Pride, Stellafly Social Media, and 834 Design & Marketing.

Learn more about The Grand Rapids Red Project by visiting their website: http://redprojectgr.org
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