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Red Pump Elementary launches award-winning wellness program for girls

Red Pump Elementary School recently launched its new award-winning Girls Run the Nation wellness program to inspire girls aged 5-10 to build high self-esteem and embrace a positive attitude by focusing on the health of their mind and body. The Girls Run the Nation (GRTN) program recently received a Harford County Curriculum Award and it will celebrate the inaugural class during its "Girls Wellness Night" on Thursday, May 22, at Red Pump Elementary School at 600 Red Pump Road in Bel Air.

"I am thrilled to help launch Girls Run the Nation at Red Pump Elementary School and to further develop high self-esteem and positive thinking among a young generation of highly-impressionable girls," Stephanie White, teacher and founder of Girls Run the Nation, said. "It was extremely important to create an environment where young girls can learn and feel the benefits of positive self-image and a sense of sisterhood among their peers. I look forward to growing this program within Harford County and am so grateful for the outpouring of community support we've received."

How it works:

Students involved in GRTN, a free program that runs 10 weeks, meet weekly on Wednesday mornings prior to the start of school. During the sessions, girls participate in various wellness activities, including running, yoga and dance and learn practical tips during lessons focused on nutrition, goal-setting, anti-bullying, peer pressure, cyber awareness and body image, among others. The sessions kick off with warm-up exercises and then each grade level – K through 5 – break into grade-specific groups for the wellness lesson. Service learning (community service) is an important part of GRTN as students participate in a service-learning project as a culminating activity. The session closes with a positive thought girls can take with them as they start their day.

Girls Wellness Night

Girls Wellness Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Red Pump Elementary School. This event is open to GRTN members and a guest – specifically a strong woman in their life. The evening will feature exercise, craft and snack stations, a "Love your Selfie" photo booth and an anti-bullying activity led by Laurie Namey, supervisor of equity and equality at Harford County Public Schools.

To learn more about Girls Run the Nation or to make a donation, visit For more information about the Red Pump Elementary program and event, contact Andrea Martin at 410-294-8865 or

Girls Run the Nation (GRTN) is a trademarked award-winning wellness program that promotes high self-esteem and sisterhood in girls aged 5-10. The organization inspires girls to build friendships, embrace a positive attitude and to make the world a better place by focusing on the health of their mind, body and spirit. Founded in 2014 by teachers and staff at Red Pump Elementary School in Bel Air, Maryland, GRTN consists of two, annual 10-week programs featuring wellness and self-esteem activities in the areas of exercise, nutrition, goal-setting, peer pressure, body image and positive thinking, among other topics. To learn more about Girls Run the Nation or to make a donation, visit

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