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Girls on the run: Pulling the right cord

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:49 a.m. CDT

Hi. I’m Anna Calhan reporting to you from fifth grade at South Elementary.

Last week was our first official Girls on the Run meeting for this year. To start off the season, every girl got to pick a special adjective that describes her and starts with the first letter of her name. For example, I’m Athletic Anna. That way it’s easier for us to learn each other’s names.

We then played a fun game to get to know each other more, and I learned that most of my teammates like chocolate chip cookies, which, of course, is a good thing.

We also learned what the negative cord is. It’s a cord that is plugged into the top of our heads that has bad thoughts running through it, like “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never be smart enough.” This is the cord that makes our heads drop when we walk and this is the cord that makes us not be able to stand up for ourselves.

In GOTR, we learned how to pull that negative cord out and plug in the positive cord.  The positive cord, also known as the “sparkly cord,” has good, encouraging thoughts running through it, like “I can do it” or “You’ve got this.” This is the cord that makes us stand up straight with our head held high ready to take on what we believe in.

We learned how to stand up for ourselves and others and how to encourage others to plug in their positive cord because they are awesome, and they can do it. If you choose to be a Girls on the Run girl, you can do anything.

• Anna Calhan is a fifth-grader at South Elementary in Crystal Lake. For information on Girls on the Run, visit www.gotrnwil.org or email ldayon@gotrnwil.org.

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This is a weekly column written by Girls on the Run participants chronicling their experience in the program, which teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. Read all the columns at www.nwherald.com/gotr

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