Checking In With a New Site - Mid Season
By Bailey Blake, Program Coordinator
Here at GOTR-STL, it brings us great joy when we have individuals ask us how to bring the program to their school or another location. We have lots of information on our website about how to start a site and our staff is happy to answer any questions! Once you have read over the information on setting up a new site, it is time to fill out our New Site Application. Site applications are due on 5/31 for the fall season and 11/30 for the spring season. We collect the New Site Applications in our office and will let you know shortly after the deadline whether your application is approved. After this process and before the start of the season, a Program Coordinator from GOTR-STL and the main contacts for the new site, sit down and have a New Site Meeting which is a good time for coaches to gather and ask questions and learn more about the ins and outs of being a Girls on the Run St. Louis site.
A few weeks ago, we caught up with Christy Nolie, preschool teacher and awesome Girls on the Run coach at Bourbon Elementary, about what it was like to start a new site! Bourbon Elementary is the second site in Crawford County, Missouri; a new addition to the GOTRSTL territory. We are so excited to welcome them to the GOTRSTL family!
Now that practices are under way and both girls and coaches have some experience, we wanted to check back in and see how things are going. A first season is full of firsts and learning and it definitely seems the Bourbon coaches are embracing it and succeeding!
We are finishing up the third week of practices. How do you think New Coaches Training prepared you for practice? Do you have any words of wisdom from your first few weeks?
The Coaches training prepared us for practices. One session went through the first practice and I found this very helpful. The instructor (a GOTR coach herself!) pointed out the most important pieces as well. We needed to address some issues at practice before we could talk about our "norms" for how practice would go. Since we are dealing with young girls, it's important to set expectations on day 1!
How are the girls enjoying the program so far? Any fun energy awards? What is their favorite energy award so far?
The girls like the program. Although they are not too keen on running, some of them have come up with their own cheers. Their favorites are Superstar and Dead Bug.
What has been your favorite part of the season so far? What are you most looking forward to?
I enjoy the practices. There is a fun game incorporated into each lesson! Great motivation!
Stay tuned for Part 3 in this series as Bourbon wraps up their season!