Girls on the Run of Snohomish receives $29K grant
Grant will help provide financial aid and running shoes to 320 girls in Snohomish County
Last updated 11/13/2019 at 7:23pm
Girls on the Run of Snohomish County has been awarded a $29,000 KidCents Regional Grant to provide financial aid and running shoes to 320 girls in Snohomish County.
“We are thrilled to receive grant funding from the Rite Aid Foundation for a second year. This funding gives us the opportunity to reduce the barriers of participation for more girls in our community. We strongly believe our program is beneficial to all girls and we are excited to ensure girls of all financial situations can join in,” said Megan Wolfe, executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County.
The Girls on the Run of Snohomish County Equity and Access Scholarship Program will provide scholarships to 320 girls during the spring 2020 season in the Mukilteo, Everett, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, and Northshore school districts. GOTRSnoCo is committed to making the program accessible to girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to this scholarship pool, other grant income will provide 130 scholarships in the Edmonds and Marysville school districts. Girls in the scholarship program will also receive new running shoes.
The KidCents Regional Grant Program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000, funds specific out-of-school time programs focused on children's nutrition, physical fitness and academic success. The KidCents program also annually supports a select group of more than 400 nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves, as well as national organizations focused on critical children's issues including The Fred Rogers Company, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.
In this cycle of KidCents Regional Grants, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 233 nonprofit grants totaling more than $5 million. Grants were available in select counties in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to being a caring neighbor and making meaningful differences for the children and families who live in the communities we serve,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “The Regional Grant Program significantly expands the reach and impact of our KidCents program, while enabling our partner organizations to provide critical out-of-school time programs that are vital to keeping children and adolescents on track for future success.”
KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three of KidCents' primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing of children: healthy eating, active living and education. To be considered, programs and projects were required to take place during out-of-school-time with priority given to programs that support communities in need.
This is the second cycle of KidCents Regional Grants. In the first cycle, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million.
Another cycle of KidCents Regional Grants will launch in 2020. To learn more about the program, visit riteaid.com/grants.
About Girls on the Run of Snohomish County:
The mission of Girls on the Run (GOTR) is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTR launched in Snohomish County in the fall of 2015 with 40 girls in four schools. By spring 2019, the program had grown to 42 Snohomish County locations with a total of 708 girls participating. In the upcoming 2020 season, we will reach 900 girls throughout Snohomish County.
The 10-week program instills confidence, self-awareness, and dedication to fitness in third- through eighth-grade girls through group lessons and physical accomplishment. Rooted in the international Girls on the Run program, GOTR meets twice a week after school each spring. Trained volunteer adult coaches present girls with strategies and skills for navigating through life—particularly through their pre-teen and adolescent years—and demonstrate the value of teamwork, healthy relationships, and fitness. Girls apply the lessons while running, which teaches them the satisfaction of accomplishment and fitness, reinforces their self-esteem, and builds their self-empowerment. Each girl in GOTR trains for and completes a 5k with an adult companion at the end of the season. The 5k is a public event at which the girls are celebrated by their communities for their GOTR participation and accomplishments. Girls can participate in GOTR repeatedly during their third- through eighth-grade years, increasing the likelihood that these lessons become firmly rooted and practiced in their everyday lives.
The program also inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Every season each team creates and executes a community service project, which is intended to encourage active engagement in their own communities.