For the last 5 years, over a period of 10 weeks, Kirby Medical Center has
been the sole sponsor of girls in the 3rd through 5th grade to participate
in an after-school program like no other here in Monticello. Designed
to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the
Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms.
Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence
and celebrate all that makes them unique. Tomorrow about 3:50pm is their
practice 5k and there will be 10-12 girls making their way around the
wellness trail 3 times. For most, this is the longest distance they have
ever traveled with the purpose of “just because I can”. We
hope all girls will be finished by 5pm. If you have a few minutes, come
take a walk around the trail and cheer on our girls!
The Girls on the Run weekly lessons encourage positive emotional, social,
mental and physical development. They develop important strategies and
skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the
girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important
to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.
And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and
shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation
of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the
end of each season, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event.
This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience
of the curriculum. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding
of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework
for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining
moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
If you would like to learn more about or donate to this program, please visit
Thank you for supporting our strong little women!