Fourteen students from Ettrick Elementary School are participating in a program called “Girls on the Run.” The program is designed to develop healthy lifestyles and habits in girls and to support a healthy body image. This program is a collaborative effort between Chesterfield County Health Department, Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Advancing Imaginative Minds (AIM) after school program funded through 21st Century Learning Centers. The coaches are made up of the Public Health Nurse, Jackie Hughes, who is assigned to Ettrick Elementary School, Melanie Moyer, the School Counselor at Ettrick Elementary School, Catherine Peloquin, a kindergarten teacher and long-time runner at Ettrick Elementary and Osita Ireogbu, a community partner who has provided mentoring to Ettrick Elementary students for the past three years. Ms. Ireogbu has recruited Virginia State University students to be mentors for this program. The VSU mentors are Briana Green, Shantel Cooper, Niya Proctor, Brianna Dunlap and Michelle Tulloch.
Girls on the Run meets twice a week in preparation for a 5K run that will be held in May. Shoe Carnival in Colonial Heights supported the runners and provided discounted running shoes to the participating students and coaches. The Ettrick Team will be sporting their new hot pink Nike Air Max Torch shoes as they run in the race.
“We are excited about what these girls are going to accomplish through this program,” said Kimberly Reynolds, Communities In Schools of Chesterfield.