If you have a daughter, you know how important it is to inspire her to be joyful, healthy and confident.
That's the mission of a program called Girls on the Run.
Each season wraps up with a 5K run to encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment.
This is girl power at its finest. Don't be fooled by the sugar and spice.
Students at Daniel Wright Elementary School decorated and sent cookies to a local fire station for their Girls on the Run community service project.
"The girls are so excited and they're so proud of their accomplishments and they're so proud of their community impact project and it's a buzz all the time," Laura Douce, a fourth-grade teacher at Daniel Wright Elementary School, said.
Girls on the Run is a ten-week program for girls in third to eighth grade. It culminates with a service project and a celebratory 5K.
"I don't think they know that they can do it,” Douce said. “And so, when they do it, it's pretty amazing."
That's why these young ladies are lacing up their running shoes and getting warmed up.
“Then we'll try to run as much laps as you can and we do stretches,” Riley Winbush, a student at Daniel Wright Elementary School, said.
"At some point, we'll do a practice 5K so we will just run around our space and get 3.1 miles," Cailyn Holbrook, a student at Daniel Wright Elementary School, said.
On race day, Winbush, Holbrook and their classmates will join nearly a thousand other girls who've trained for the Girls on the Run 5K.
“Everybody's all lined up and you get to run with your friends, you get a group,” Holbrook said. “Sometimes your parents run with you if they can."
When that final girl crosses the finish line this weekend, it’s mission accomplished!
They've increased their self-confidence, developed healthy relationships and improved their physical fitness.
“Half of them don't even do any sports,” Douce said. “So, they don't consider themselves athletes so when they finish something like this, it's a huge accomplishment for them.”
That's what it’s all about, encouraging girls to reach their full potential socially, mentally and physically.
For more information on Girls on the Run, click here.