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Girls on the Run of Berks County celebrates5-year anniversary

By From Sandra Krafczek

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Girls on the Run of Berks County’s Spring 2018 season begins with the largest number of program participants in the organization’s five-year history. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of eight to 20 girls for a 10-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community.

“As a former coach for Girls on the Run, I have witnessed firsthand the significant impact this program has on the lives of young girls. This program is establishing a community of strong, confident young girls and creating a culture where girls feel empowered to be the best versions of themselves,” says Sandra Krafczek, executive director.

Girls on the Run has inspired girls in the Berks County area for 10 seasons, celebrating five years, and has impacted the lives of over 2,000 girls. This season, Girls on the Run is being offered at 27 locations with 30 teams. Each team will meet two times a week for 75-90 minutes either before or after school and participate in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate in a 5K event on May 19 at Penn State Berks Campus that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season.