Tuesday, October 21, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Girls on the Run expands in Solano County

dbd54c95-9545-4914-9f4a-e98f4bd44601-2

Lindsey Folden of Fairfield and her mother Shirley Folden, who also served as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, complete the Spring Girls on the Run 5K celebration run at Kennedy Park in Napa. (Girls on the Run courtesy photo)

By
From page B10 | June 28, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Girls on the Run Napa Valley, the program that combines fitness and empowerment for young girls, is moving to expand its presence in Solano County.

Presently only offered here at K.I. Jones Elementary School, the nonprofit plans to expand its fall season program at Crescent Elementary School and the Matt Garcia Learning Center, and add 10 more sites in the county in spring 2015, according to Executive Director Janet Todd.

Girls on the Run Napa Valley started eight years ago with 30 young girls and four women who shared a passion for empowering girls. The Napa group is one of more than 200 such locations in the U.S. and Canada under the direction of Girls on the Run International.

The young girls’ empowerment program has since grown to more than 2,000 girls between third and eighth grade, and 90 volunteer life coaches at 22 school sites mainly in Napa County, as well as K.I. Jones in Fairfield.

The program’s curriculum combines training for a 5K run with lessons to inspire the girls to become independent thinkers, improve their problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions.

“It’s all about girls empowerment. It combines the best of sports with a life-skills curriculum,” Todd said.

To help Girls on the Run expand in Solano County, the nonprofit hired April Massett as the program coordinator for Solano County thanks to grant from Kaiser Permanente.

Massett’s job is to build partnerships with schools, recruit girls and volunteer life-coaches while expanding the donor base so that the program can continue in Solano County.

Todd is excited to have Massett on the team and said she is confident that Massett has the leadership, insight and skills to make the program in Solano County successful.

“As we have experienced in Napa County, recruiting girls is the easy part,” Todd said. “Once girls are exposed to the fun and uplifting program, we have trouble meeting the demand. Recruiting volunteer life-coaches who can commit to 10 weeks, twice a week for 1¼ hours, after school and securing the donations to support the number of low-income girls is the challenge for both Napa and Solano counties.”

Massett initially working as a life coach at Laurel Creek Elementary School, the first school to host the program. That program disbanded. She then went to K.I. Jones Elementary School, working with the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls the program aims to assist.

“I am excited to help the girls of Solano County catch the positive, joyful, healthy and active vision that Girls on the Run brings to our community,” Massett said.

Massett said she would have loved it if Girls on the Run had existed when she was young. It would have made her more confident and outgoing and would have helped her live a healthier lifestyle. Her sixth-grade daughter Julia is involved with Girls on the Run and has become more self-confident and lives a healthier lifestyle since she joined, Massett said.

The Girls on the Run groups meet twice a week after school sometimes for a game, a jog or a race. Through these activities, the young girls are taught to stay active, but more than that, to be confident in their own bodies.

Each meeting starts with the girls talking about the life skill topic of the day before completing a workout that involves either running, walking or skipping laps while completing the life skill game for the day.

Todd pointed out that self-confidence is essential because society often places greater value on girls’ appearance than boys’.

Signups for this fall’s session are taking place. For more information about Girls on the Run, to sign up, volunteer, donate or set up a program at your school, contact Todd at janet@gotnapavalley.org or go online to gotnapavalley.org.

Reach Ian Thompson at 27-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Girls on the Run DadJune 28, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    The Girls on the Run program is an wonderful experience for these girls and I am happy to see it extend to other schools. I would like to add a correction that the young lady in the photo is actually Sarah Davis from KI Jones with couch April

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Girls on the Run DadJune 28, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    haha-- that should say coach April

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Crime key topic again at Fairfield candidates night

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 33 Comments | Gallery

 
 
Dixon corn maze breaks own world record

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A2, 1 Comment | Gallery

PAL center seeks volunteers

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

US / World

Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Yosemite proposes raising entrance, camping fees

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 3 Comments

 
CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 6 Comments | Gallery

 
Surfer fends off shark attack with fist, board

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

WWII airman to be buried in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

 
Brown: California needs long-term vision on water

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 4 Comments

Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Youths, tech workers duel over San Francisco field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 4 Comments

Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Nigeria declared Ebola-free; ‘spectacular success’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Urgent-care clinics ill-equipped to treat Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
British royal couples’ 2nd child due in April

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Opinion

Spering kept youth league going

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 10 Comments

 
Day, Blankenchip good for respective cities

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

‘Misleading’ mailer sent to residents

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

Yearwood, Santana to perform at World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
San Francisco radio stations ban hit song ‘Royals’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Pitbull to host American Music Awards on Nov. 23

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actor arrested in Idaho

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

NBC’s Snyderman faces credibility issues

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
Not so fast cordcutters – cable’s not going anywhere

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

TVGrid Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Local Report: Armijo boys soccer team falls to Vintage

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Steelers rally past stunned Texans 30-23

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Bumgarner against Shields in World Series opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Raiders plagued by 3rd-down defensive woes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Champion drag racer Raymond Beadle dies at 70

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Stiviano lawsuit against Shelly Sterling dismissed

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

With TD mark in bag, Manning can set more records

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers lose center Daniel Kilgore, needs surgery

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Giants-Royals: A capsule look at World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Belichick, Brady praise Manning on TD record

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Penn State board to meet on disputed Freeh Report

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
McIlroy to skip 2 events to focus on lawsuit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Voynov suspended on domestic violence suspicion

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Business

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5, 1 Comment

US regulator: Fannie, Freddie in deal with banks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Sears plans to raise more cash via rights offering

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

 
US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Pickles Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sudoku Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baby Blues Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C. Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Frank and Ernest Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Garfield Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Zits Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Beetle Bailey Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6