Community Service Projects
The Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service
Part of the Girls on the Run curriculum focuses on empowering young girls to share their strengths. It includes a discussion about the importance of using our unique gifts and talents to positively impact our community. Each team that participates in Girls on the Run lives out this discussion by planning and implementing a community service project. Each semester, 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.
Community Service Award Winners
The 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 that we decided to recognize two first place winners this season! The first place winners for the fall 2013 season are Wren Hollow Elementary in Ballwin, Missouri and Edgar Murray School in St. Clair, Missouri.
The Girls on the Run team at Wren Hollow collected 1,061 packs of gum for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The girls learned that patients undergoing chemotherapy chew on gum to help with the bitter taste from the treatments. The girls involved their entire school community by asking everyone to bring in gum, passing out fliers and hanging up posters throughout the school.
The Girls on the Run team at Edgar Murray visited Crabapple Village, a residential living home in their St. Clair community. Prior to the visit, the girls made cards for each of the 40 residents and planned their visit by discussing what they would do with the residents. The girls enjoyed playing games, reading books and listening to the residents tell stories.
The second place award goes to the Girls on the Run team from Westhoff Elementary in O’Fallon, Missouri. The girls held a bake sale to raise money for a GOTR alum at their school who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The team raised $1,655 to pay for their friend’s treatment!
The third place award goes to the Girls on the Run team from Jackson Park Elementary in University City, Missouri. The girls decided to do a two-part project. The first part of their project involved picking up trash at their school as a team. The second aspect of their project was a pay it forward project, in which the girls each did a random act of kindness and asked the person served to simply “pay it forward.”
Honorable Mentions are awarded to the following teams for their outstanding service:
Ladue 5th Grade Center
Signal Hill School
Flynn Park Elementary
It is amazing to see how a group of girls can truly make a positive and powerful impact on their communities. These girls are SUPERSTARS!
Drumroll please…the first place winner is from Westhoff Elementary in O’Fallon, Missouri. The Girls on the Run from Westhoff visited a local retirement home, The Meadowlands. The girls played Pictionary and Wheel of Fortune with the residents. The girls cheered on the residents, creating an atmosphere of fun competition and encouraged everyone to participate in the games. The head coach from Westhoff received a phone call from the activity director at The Meadowlands thanking them for their visit and inviting them to return any time!
The second place award goes to Marie Schaeffer Elementary in O’Fallon, Illinois. A fifth-grade boy from Marie Schaeffer lost his little brother to Leukemia, and the girls wanted to do something to give back to the hospital that had helped the family through the difficult time. They involved the entire school in the project by sending letters home with every student asking for fleece and monetary donations. The team dedicated one practice time to creating blankets with the donated fleece. With the support of the entire school community, the Girls on the Run from Marie Schaeffer donated 125 fleece blankets and nearly $180 to the hospital.
Third place is awarded to Meramec Elementary in Clayton, Missouri. The Girls on the Run from Meramec wanted to do something to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and made cards with messages of encouragement, hope and empathy to send to the Neighborhood House Charter School in Boston, MA.