8 Points Charter School in Jacksonville is one of our newest sites, and they are thrilled to be hosting their very first team this fall! Jayme Duncan, head coach and site liaison at 8 Points, heard about Girls on the Run when she was attending Illinois College and had the opportunity to see Molly Barker (founder of Girls on the Run) speak. “Her story and message moved me to tears, and I knew instantly that I wanted to get involved with this program when I graduated.”
Coach Duncan says that the social emotional training the program provides was her main attraction. “I think it is rough for teenage girls today, and having a support system is essential and needed. I want to be part of the support system that empowers these ladies. The added benefit is that I thoroughly enjoy running, as well!”
Marla Robson, an 8 Points parent, says, “I love educational programs like Girls on the Run because it empowers girls by teaching them life skills of importance and taking care of your body physically and mentally.”
According to Coach Duncan, 8 Points Charter School is a public charter school in District 117 that serves 115 students grades 5th – 8th, and this is the first program that has been targeted to their older girls. “We are so exited to be able to offer such an influential program to our girls this year! There are so many programs for girls in junior high to choose from, but none can compare to the all-encompassing program that Girls on the Run will offer. It is exciting to see the girls so eager to start!” Coach Duncan said they have seen great support from their parents so far, as well.