North Royalton Board of Education Recognizes Girls on the Run at December Board Meeting
On December 13, the North Royalton Board of Education recognized the North Royalton Elementary School Girls on the Run team. They have been extremely committed and have devoted many after school hours on Mondays and Thursdays to help get them ready for a 5K in which they participated at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, November 14.
Elementary schools in the district have been participating in the program since the 2015 season but with the opening of the new building this year, the District was able to combine the resources of all of the volunteer coaches and all of the participants into one team.
The third and fourth-grade students who were members of this year’s team included: Lillyanne Barber, Madison Bauerle, Ava Burrows, Veronica Cimino, Raegan Codispoti, Olivia Crossland, Claire Crucitt, Ember Delph, Molly Firestine, Penelope Kosarko, Aubree Goetz, Madeline Hamilton, Khloey Henry, Emerson Lapka, Emily Mireiter, Addison Nather, Mackenzie Ptak, Harley Ramsey, Katie Rieger, Gia Savarino, Kay Sheeran, Norah Shultz, Elodie Skyrm, Eliza Smyser, Jordan Solary, Sidney Solary, Emily Svejkovsky, Penelope Thomas, Rosanna Turner and Grace Zhou.
Also recognized were staff members who served as volunteer coaches: Betsy Boyer, Sarah Burrows, Alyssa Emery, Amanda Fulton, Marguerite Greenlee, Dana Kesselem, Mariah Kleem, Samantha Lumpkin and Rachel Tarnowski. One of the school's substitute teachers, Trudy Mayher, also volunteered her time this year as one of the coaches. "These staff members devoted countless hours to make this year’s program a huge success in our first year at the new building," said Principal Kirk Pavelich, North Royalton Elementary School.
The Girls on the Run program is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. By being involved in the program, our students not only build upon good health and exercise, but they also engage in commitment, citizenship, team building, and most importantly positive self-esteem.
Now that the fall running season is complete, the team has turned their attention to a community impact project. The girls have been gathering items as part of an initiative called the “Comfy Cozy Collection.” Donation boxes have been located at the school outside the main office and also in the cafeteria, as items such as sweatpants, coats, hats, mittens, boots, shoes and just about everything else that can help area families in need as the temperatures continue to drop and winter weather arrives in Northeast Ohio.
“I am so proud of these girls because of the commitment they gave during the season, as well as their kind-hearted generosity they are showing now as part of their community impact project,” said Pavelich. “I love how even though they came from three different elementary schools in the District, they became wonderful friends to one another as members of this amazing team.”