Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run: Choosing to be positive

“Girls on the Run is so much fun!” my teammates and I always yell at the end of a fun practice.

Hi, I’m Ansley Morlock, otherwise known as Athlete Ansley!

On this bright cheerful day, I am here to tell you about how you can become a girl on the run too, even if you are not in Girls on the Run.

I choose to celebrate what makes me unique. Last week, we learned to be the girl on the run we want to be. Choosing to pay attention, help out and be yourself were some of the things we came up with for what a girl on the run is.

We learned we have to support ourselves if we want to be happy about ourselves and live the life we want to live.

We have to be positive to know that we can do it and that we are strong enough. We choose to do what we like and not copy anyone else.

I learned that I’m good at sharing feelings, at being courageous, giving, writing, running, softball and art.

I choose to do these things that make me feel happy and loving.

We also learned last week that being negative doesn’t help us to be happy, it just makes us worse. Being positive makes us happy and feel good about ourselves.

We should be positive so other people can be positive, too.

If you start smiling, then other people will smile, too.

The smile will be contagious. That way you always can be happy about yourself, and when someone is being negative, we go over to them and yank that negative cord out and put in a new fresh, sparkly cord that makes them positive.

The positive you is in there somewhere, and you need to celebrate it.

• Ansley Morlock is a fourth-grader at North Elementary School in Crystal Lake. For information on Girls on the Run, visit or email 

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