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Girls on the Run of Berks County is Ready to Run

Story written by Kirsten Haas

Aug 25, 2020

Girls on the Run of Berks County (GOTR Berks) announced that registration for the 2020 Fall season is now open at https://www.gotrberks.org. Teams are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and the season starts September 21. GOTR Berks is a leader in delivering evidence-based, life skills curriculum to girls of all abilities. Through more than 38 sites across Berks County, GOTR Berks has served more than 700 girls since being locally established in 2013 and effective Spring 2020, GOTR Berks also serves the girls of Schuylkill County. For the 2020-2021 school year, GOTR Berks is offering flexible program models to accommodate the changing and unpredictable school year due to the pandemic.

If schools and sites are in session, GOTR Berks after school programming can be delivered in-person, with enhanced safety measures including physical distancing modifications. If schools and sites close, the program can be easily transitioned to a virtual model, with lessons that mirror the in-person program. This fluid programming model ensures that participants will experience the social, emotional, and physical outcomes of the program while allowing local teams to adjust to changes in the school and community health guidelines throughout the season.

GOTR Berks is also offering 100% virtual Fall programming delivered by trained coaches in a safe virtual space, with lessons that mirror the in-person Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole programs. Virtual programming will include physical activity and social-emotional learning, providing girls with an opportunity to still build meaningful connections with their peers and caring adult role models. Additionally, for the first time GOTR Berks is hosting community-wide all virtual teams.

“These virtual community teams make it possible for girls to stay active and engaged during the pandemic as well as make friends with girls from other schools,” explains Tania Hollos, GOTR Berks Program Coordinator.

Volunteer coaches will receive the training and materials required to provide girls a safe, trauma-sensitive space to learn valuable life lessons and be active.

“Our staff and coaches are ready to bring critical social-emotional programming to Berks and Schuylkill girls at a time when they need it the most,” said Kirsten Haas, GOTR Berks Executive Director. “We have adapted based on the recommendations of local health officials and decisions of local governments and school districts.”

Added Haas, “Together, we will find a way to motivate girls to nurture their physical and emotional health, no matter the circumstances.”

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