By Cheryl Stern, Director of Development
The HPA Girls on the Run Team conquered their end-of-season 5K this week in front of a cheering crowd of fans! The girls looped the infamous HPA hill three times and ran 12 full laps on the field in order to complete this 3-mile challenge. Congratulations to “Team High Point Academy” for crushing their goal, and thank you to the family, friends, faculty, staff, and classmates who came out to support them.
For those who aren’t familiar with GOTR, it’s an after-school program for 3rd – 5th grade girls which uses physical activity and dynamic discussions to build social, emotional and physical skills while encouraging healthy habits for life. Each season culminates in a 5K run that the girls complete as a team. Our team has met twice per week for the past 10 weeks to run together and engage in other fun activities.
During the season, each GOTR team also plans and implements a “Community Impact Project” – an opportunity to do something to serve their community and to use some of the skills that they have developed. The goal is for the girls to guide this process themselves and learn about planning, communication, decision-making, and compromise. Our GOTR team chose “Teacher Appreciation” as their project and worked together to make posters to decorate the faculty lounge, and to bring in treats for all of the HPA faculty and staff to enjoy.
We are so proud of our mighty GOTR Team: Cora N., Harper T., Helen Z., Madelyn W., Megan W., Natalie W., Nikki W., Ramona S., and Reese K.