The Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service
Part of the Girls on the Run curriculum focuses on empowering girls to share their strengths and the importance of using our unique gifts and talents to positively impact our community. Every Girls on the Run team demonstrates this through planning and implementing a community service project.
Each season, the Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service will be given to the teams that best demonstrates creativity, teamwork and shared commitment in planning and executing their community service project. This award is given in honor of Bill and Amy Koman whose tireless support of Girls on the Run and generosity throughout the St. Louis community exemplifies a true commitment to improving the lives of others.
McNair Elementary's Girls on the Run team with Officer Novak and the 75 bears they donated!
Community Service Award Winners - Fall 2014
Girls on the Run teams did some incredible work throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area this fall! Thank you to all of the girls and coaches for your good work. We had so many fantastic submissions!
1st Place: McNair Elementary, Hazelwood MO
This team raised over $600 through the pledge support of family, neighbors and community members at their practice 5k. The money they raised went to the Hazlewood Police Department's Teddy Bear Program, which provides teddy bears for police to give to children at the scene of accidents and other traumatic events.
2nd Place: Millstadt Elementary, Millstadt IL
At Millstadt, the girls hosted an ice cream social and bingo night for local seniors. When reflecting on their service they noted that what they most enjoyed was seeing how their work made others happy and that the little things can truly make people smile.
3rd Place: Uthoff Valley Elementary, Fenton MO
Uthoff Valley's GOTR team showed off their creative side and made commercials to air on the Children's Hospital CCTV station and cards to be delivered to the patients. After completing their project they noted that they had demonstrated cooperation and done well as a team.
Community Service Award Winners - Spring 2014
The first place winner for the spring 2014 season is Bermuda Elementary in St. Louis, MO.
The Girls on the Run team at Bermuda Elementary raised money for a fellow student after his house caught on fire. The girls were extremely upset by the event that they decided to take action. They decided that each lap they would run at practice would be worth 25 cents. After 130 laps were completed they raised $30, to which the coaches matched, totaling a $60 donation to the student and his family. The girls enjoyed encouraging their teammates on as they were meeting each other goals and raising money.
The second place award goes to the Girls on the Run team from Coverdell Elementary in St. Charles, Missouri.
The girls helped out at Emmaus Homes, which helps adults with developmental disabilities. The Emmaus Home formed a walking club and the Coverdell GOTR helped the program by creating posters to track their progress, created encouragement cards, and even created medals out of juice can lids and ribbon! The girls enjoyed making the medals knowing that it was helping their friends down the street meet their goals.
The third place award goes to the Girls on the Run team from Clyde Hamrick in Imperial, Missouri.
The girls decided that one of the number one priorities at Clyde Hamrick is to make new friends. With that they created a “buddy bench” for their playground. The idea behind it is if someone is feeling lonely they can sit on the bench and someone can come over and talk with them. The girls’ favorite part of the project was making a lasting positive impact on their community.