chool program in Ottawa and Allegan counties is one of the 10 largest in the country, according to Council Director Sarah Bolman-Sobel. The program is designed to prepare and educate girls in grades 3-5 (Girls on the Run) and 6-8 (Girls on Track) for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
Parents must register their daughter at one of the following program open houses in Northwest Ottawa County:
— Monday, Nov. 7, 4-6 p.m. at Ferry Elementary School, Grand Haven.
— Thursday, Nov. 10, 3-5:30 p.m. at Spring Lake Intermediate School, Spring Lake
— Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3:30-6 p.m. at Coopersville South Elementary School, Coopersville.
— Tuesday, Nov. 22, 3:45-6 p.m. at Peach Plains Elementary School, Grand Haven Township.
Online registrations are not being accepted in order to make registration more personal and efficient.
The cost of the program is $120. No girl is turned away due to inability to pay, according to Bolman-Sobel. Scholarships are available and families should inquire at registration. Last year, more than 80 percent of the participants received some scholarship support. Gifts from area businesses, organizations, individuals and corporations makes scholarships possible.
Certified volunteer adult women coaches meet with the girls twice a week for 10 weeks at area schools. The fee also covers the cost of 20 lessons, an official GOTR T-shirt, participation in the 5K New Balance celebration run/walk, a water bottle and a Gazelle Sports practice T-shirt.