||Girls on the Go ends on a high note
RELEASED: November 19, 2009
By Leigh Ivey
DANVILLE, KY—For the past five weeks, Centre College women have been making an impact on the lives of elementary-school girls.
"Each week, she discussed a different aspect of the Food Pyramid in the context of colors," Rolfe says. "One week, Natalie chose whole grains and incorporated the color yellow into the snack, which included whole grain wraps and banana-oat smoothies."
"The most impressive facet of the entire program has been the overwhelming response I've had from Centre students," Rolfe says. "They've been so willing to volunteer their time to assist with the program, even if they could only help for 30 minutes."
During the nutrition lessons, the volunteers helped the girls create everything from fruit pizzas to exotic vegetable dips to yogurt parfaits.
Members of the field hockey, volleyball, dance and lacrosse teams all devoted their time to teaching the girls about their sports and the importance of physical activity.
During the field hockey team's lesson, the girls participated in a variety of team-building activities and relays. And the volleyball and lacrosse teams taught the participants the basics of their sports before engaging in actual games with the girls.
Now that the pilot Girls on the Go program has come to an end, Rolfe says she is pleased with its success.
"Since it was a new program, I just wanted everything to go smoothly, for everyone involved to have fun, and to impart some knowledge on these girls," she says. "I think it ended as a huge success. This Tuesday, at the last session, every girl was talking about what they'd learned."
What she enjoyed most about Girls on the Go, however, was "the support I received from Centre and Danville. It makes me so proud to be a Centre student and a member of the local community."
For more information about Girls on the Go, e-mail Laura Rolfe.
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