While our team is focused on saving the world from bad marketing on the clock, much of our staff focuses on making the world a better place when they’re off the clock. SEO Assistant Haley Bank recently completed a 10-week volunteer position with her local chapter of Girls on the Run which encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Haley helped a group of third through fifth graders prepare for a 5K which she then joined them in earlier this month. Here’s her first-hand account of the experience:
For as long as I can remember, volunteering and community service have always been a big part of my life. That rewarding feeling you get as a result of helping others becomes contagious time after time. For the past 10 weeks, I was given the incredible opportunity to be a coach for Girls on the Run. With the support of Results Repeat, I spent every Tuesday afternoon with third through fifth graders at Cynwyd Elementary School teaching lessons that were focused on encouraging positive physical development. Each lesson consisted of skills and strategies formulated to help the girls take on real-life experiences.
The season began by assisting the girls in getting a better understanding of who they are as a unique person as well as what they value most in their lives. From there, we focused on the importance of healthy relationships and the power of teamwork. At the end of the season, the girls were able to see that they can shape the world with their thoughts and actions and that their positive attitudes can truly go a long way.
Within each practice, we incorporated physical activity to inspire a love for fitness and health. Whether the temperature that day was freezing cold or sweltering hot, the girls strived to do their best every single time — always wanting to beat their goal from the week before. They worked together, encouraged one another, and cheered each other on every step of the way.
After these captivating 10 weeks, the girls participated in a non-competitive celebratory 5k race. Everything they learned through our lessons had prepared them for this day. They were able to find the confidence in themselves to complete the 5k and they quickly recognized that amazing feeling that comes along with achieving a goal. Crossing the finish line allowed the girls to recognize that anything is possible as long as they put their minds to it.
Overall, being a part of the Girls on the Run community has been an eye-opening experience. Simply being children does not negate the fact that they also experience struggles in their lives. When I was given this opportunity, I knew I wanted to continuously assure the girls that they are strong, powerful, and resilient. I wanted them to learn that being a female is a privilege and that even when times get tough, it is okay to take a step back, breathe, evaluate the situation, and then act.
I am so thankful for the third- through fifth-grade girls at Cynwyd Elementary School for allowing me to be one of their coaches this season and I am so thankful to work for Results Repeat, who encouraged me to take on this opportunity.