Port Washington, NY (May 2023) – Port Washington School District is pleased to announce the successful launch of the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at Daly Elementary School this spring. The program, aimed at boosting self-esteem and fostering social emotional learning through fun exercise activities, made a positive impact on the lives of eighteen smart, fun-loving, and determined girls in grades 3-5.
Starting in March, three dedicated volunteer coaches, Liz Weiss, Jessica Castaneda and Elise Kreiss, launched Girls on the Run at Daly Elementary School. Over the course of ten weeks, the program took place twice a week after school, where the girls engaged in activities centered around essential topics such as gratitude, empathy, positive self-talk, friendship, finding balance, and compromise.
The program reached its culmination with a remarkable 5k fun run at Eisenhower Park this past Saturday, despite the challenging weather conditions. The pouring rain failed to dampen the spirits of the dedicated coaches and the girls, who showcased unwavering determination and resilience. The presence and support of Daly’s Principal, Lucia Laguarda, along with several Daly teachers and support staff, added an extra layer of encouragement as they cheered on and even ran alongside our Girls on the Run participants through the raindrops.
Looking ahead, Daly Elementary School plans to continue the Girls on the Run program in Spring 2024 and hopes to inspire other elementary schools in Port Washington to launch their own programs in the upcoming year. The impact of this transformative program cannot be overstated. The participating girls not only discovered their physical strength but also learned valuable lessons on self-love, empathy, effective communication, mindfulness, and more.
Daly Elementary School GOTR at Eisenhower Park 5K on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Daly Elementary School students Skyler and Scarlett running in the rain at Eisenhower Park.
Daly Elementary School student Serena finishes the 5k race.
Daly Elementary School GOTR volunteers: Jessica Casteneda, Elise Kreiss, and Liz Weiss.
Contact: Shannon Vulin