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April 30, 2013

Girls on the Run of the Susquehanna Valley

SELINSGROVE — The Snyder County District Attorney’s Office has donated $1,000 to the Girls on the Run of the Susquehanna Valley. The grant came from the Snyder County Substance Abuse Drug Reduction Fund. District Attorney Michael Piecuch said, “Snyder County is proud to support Girls on the Run. It’s a great program that emphasizes not only healthy physical development, but emotional and social development as well.”

From a personal perspective, Piecuch said his daughter enjoyed the program. He stated, “My daughter participated and we had a great time running the 5K together at the Middle Creek Community Center in Beaver Springs. It was a great experience. Seeing all the girls out there with their coaches and mentors was special. This is an age where aggression and bullying is a growing issue so it’s wonderful to have a program that combats that and teaches girls the benefits of teamwork.”

The grant will be used towards program costs that include purchase of the Girls on the Run curriculum, a scholarship fund for girls in need which includes running shoes, and supplies for the coaches that are used during each practice.  

Girls on the Run currently has programs in several area school districts, including the Midd-West, Selinsgrove, Lewisburg and Mifflinburg districts. There are more than 140 girls participating in the spring 2013 session. The 10 week program will end with all participants running a 5K race, which will take place on May 11 at the Middlecreek Area Community Center in Beaver Springs. To find out more about the race or to register for the race, you can visit the website www.girlsontherunsusquehannavalley.org. You can also contact the executive director of the Girls on the Run of the Susquehanna Valley, Cheryl Stumpf, by calling 850-4854.

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