By Irma Widjojo
More girls in Vallejo and Benicia will have an opportunity to be a part of an after-school program that promotes health and life skills.
The Napa County-based Girls on The Run is expanding its reach to more Solano County schools for their third to eighth graders.
This school year the program will be offered at Steffan Manor and Grace Patterson elementary schools and Loma Vista Environmental Science Academy in Vallejo. Meanwhile in Benicia, it will be offered at Matthew Turner Elementary School.
Last year, the program was already offered at Steffan Manor and Grace Patterson.
“Two years ago we decided to expand to Solano County,” said April Massett, Solano County coordinator of the program. “We heard from parents and administrators who are familiar with our program that they want to bring it to Solano County.”
The 10-week program prepares the girls for a 5K running event while teaching them life skills by incorporating discussion sessions.