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Girls learn life lessons on the run

‘Accept & Appreciate Me’ concludes in Ti

Ticonderoga physical education teacher Kathy Tubbs leads Molly Price during  the “Accept & Apprecite Me” girls run in Bicentennial Park. The event attracted about 75 girls from Ti, Crown Point, Moriah and Willsboro.

Ticonderoga physical education teacher Kathy Tubbs leads Molly Price during the “Accept & Apprecite Me” girls run in Bicentennial Park. The event attracted about 75 girls from Ti, Crown Point, Moriah and Willsboro.

— About 75 elementary school girls learned an important lesson recently. They can set goals and achieve them.

Girls from Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah and Willsboro came to Ti’s Bicenentennial Park June 1 to complete a 3-kilometer run. It was the culmination of the “Accept & Appreciate Me” program held at area schools this spring.

The program, sponsored by the Prevention Team, is based on the national Girls on the Run effort.

It’s a physical activity-based youth development program for girls, according to Angie MacAlpine of the Prevention Team. It teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to build confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

“The girls program that we are using is modeled after the Girls on the Run program that we were involved in last year,” MacAlpine said. “Unfortunately, last year’s sponsor, Glens Falls Hospital, was unable to sponsor the program this year. So, the Prevention Team developed a program similar to GOTR for the girls this year. That program is called ‘Accept & Appreciate Me’.

“Girls have been involved in the program since March while meeting once or twice a week for discussions of various topics to learn important skills, healthy choices, how to resolve conflicts,” MacAlpine said. “It also includes running workouts.”

“Accept & Appreciate Me” concluded when fourth and fifth grade girls met in Bicentennial Park. After a zumba session to warm up, they completed a 3-kilometer run/walk. Despite heat, every girl covered the course. Parents, familiy and friends gathered at the finish line to encourage and cheer the runners.

“The idea is to challenge and encourage each girl, whatever her fitness level, to complete the run and to continue to be active,” MacAlpine said. “Coaches provide positive peer group experiences and role models for healthy living. The walk/run was part of the program that encourages girls to be healthy, confident and build positive social relationships.”

Supporting the program were United Way, Ticonderoga VFW, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s and the LaChute Road Runners Club of Ticonderoga.

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