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Girls on the Run Coming Soon to Dracut

Jul 27, 2017 05:15AM ● Published by Catie Riordan

The Richardson Middle School is joining 225 schools around the country in a new program for 6th through 8th graders called Girls on the Run (GOTR).
This 10-week program encourages a positive and structured environment for girls at a challenging age to get up and become active. It was Dracut School Committee member and GOTR coach Alison Volpe who brought this program to Dracut Public Schools.

“The program's mission is to teach young girls about themselves. To build confidence and self-esteem. The program addresses the entire girl, not just the body - but the whole person.” Volpe explained. 

Girls of all different levels of fitness are invited to take part in this program. GOTR is meant to benefit not only the girls’ physical wellness, but their mental and social wellness as well. GOTR is meant to build leadership and team building skills at a young age to create strong and independent women. GOTR ends with a Girls on the Run 5k in which the girls can show their skills and newly found confidence. 

Superintendent Steven Stone said he is excited about the new program. 
"I am thrilled that such an opportunity will be available to middle school girls after school at the Richardson Middle School, and appreciate the efforts of the adults who are supporting the initiative.  I think it is important for young women to participate in activities that build confidence and strengthen character.  From a personal perspective, with a wife and 13-year-old daughter who both play competitive hockey, I understand the value-added such activities can provide."

He said, "As the Superintendent of Schools, I know how exposure to programs such as Girls on the Run can support the development of confidence and self-image, which are vital in the development of future leadership capacity.  I have always been committed to supporting women in leadership positions.  When I became Superintendent 48% of the leadership positions in the district were held by women.  Now, 70% of the leadership roles in the Dracut Public Schools are held by women, including four of the six school principals and our Athletic Director (the first woman in Dracut's history to hold that position)." 

The principal of the Justus C. Richardson Middle School, Maria McGuinness shared her view that, “The piece of this (program) that I really connect to is that they teach girls that they could rise to any challenge. I would have absolutely would have taken part in this program and I would have put my daughter in this program.”

School committee member Sabrina Heisey said she was also excited to see the program come to Dracut.
“I'm really excited about it. Giving girls the opportunity to gain confidence and learn team building skills is exactly what this age group needs more of," said Heisey, the mother of three girls. "I'm really happy Allison [Volpe] took this on herself to start. I hope it's going to overflow with girls at sign ups.” 

The Girls on the Run program will held at the Justus C. Richardson Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. The cost to register for GOTR is income based and for more information on the price of GOTR see the table below. There is a maximum of 15 girls and it is open to the any 6th to 8th grade girl in Dracut. Registrations are open now.


           Costs to Register for Girls on the Run Based on Family Income

                                   From    ---     Through      Registration Fee
                                        0        -      $30,000               $35
                        $30,000.01        -     $45,000                $65
                        $45,000.01        -     $60,000              $100
                        $60,000.01        -     $75,000              $135
                        $75,000,01        -     and up                $175

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