Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run Berks.

Through more than 38 sites across Berks County, Girls on the Run Berks has served more than 700 girls since being locally established in 2013. Ready for a new season, GOTR has opened registration for the 2020 Fall season at https://www.gotrberks.org.

Teams are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and the season starts September 21. GOTR Berks is a leader in delivering evidence-based, life skills curriculum to girls of all abilities.

For the 2020-2021 school year, GOTR Berks is offering flexible program models to accommodate the changing and unpredictable school year due to the pandemic.

“These virtual community teams make it possible for girls to stay active and engaged during the pandemic as well as make friends with girls from other schools,” explains Tania Hollos, GOTR Berks Program Coordinator.

If schools and sites are in session, GOTR Berks afterschool programming can be delivered in-person, with enhanced safety measures including physical distancing modifications. If schools and sites close, the program can be easily transitioned to a virtual model, with lessons that mirror the in-person program.

GOTR says this fluid programming model ensures that participants will experience the social, emotional, and physical outcomes of the program while allowing local teams to adjust to changes in the school and community health guidelines throughout the season.

GOTR Berks is also offering 100% virtual Fall programming delivered by trained coaches in a safe virtual space, with lessons that mirror the in-person Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole programs. Virtual programming will include physical activity and social-emotional learning, providing girls with an opportunity to still build meaningful connections with their peers and caring adult role models. Additionally, for the first time GOTR Berks is hosting community-wide all virtual teams.