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Girls on the Run: Being yourself is being different

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:58 p.m. CDT
Ansley Morlock Girls on the Run columnist.

“Thank you so much,” someone said as we handed her a Post-It note.

Last week, my Girls on the Run team and I did a community service project. Our community service project was to walk around downtown Crystal Lake and hand out Post-It notes to people shopping, people who work at the stores, and to stick them on cars. The notes had positive messages on them.

For example, “You are strong, You are beautiful, You are worth it!” It was so nice to see people brighten up as they strolled away with a smile smeared on their face because of the encouragement they received. We had that feeling inside that we made a difference. And the great thing is, we all cooperated so well. We knew we had made someone happy, and it made us happy, too.

We also did some pretty fun, crafty things last week.

First, we designed our poster for the 5K race. We put drawings, positive messages, names, etc. on the poster.

Next, we made some bibs for our running buddies to wear. We got to be creative with their bibs. We were excited for them to see what we did.

Finally, we made bandanas for our team to wear on race day. I liked doing the bandanas the most because we got to use all sorts of different things, such as paint.

We all managed to put ourselves in the crafts so that they showed who we are differently. Just like in real life, we are different and we our ourselves.

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

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