New Site Spotlight – Bluffs Elementary

We can’t wait to register some Bluffs Blue Jays for our very first GOTR team in Scott County! Andrea Gumbel, head coach and site liaison at Bluffs Community School, heard about Girls on the Run through family in the Chicago area, “Two younger cousins have participated in the program for two years and we were all able to see what a great impact GOTR had on each of them.” Later, while shopping at the Running Center in Springfield she saw a GOTR t-shirt, and her heart became set on bringing the program to their school.

Coach Gumbel felt that regardless of the small size of the town and district, the girls should not miss out on learning the valuable life lessons, particularly the elements of the program that help young girls build confidence in themselves. Similarly, Sara Gregory, a parent from Bluffs Community school, expressed her excitement about the new program, “As a parent of an 8 year old daughter I am looking forward to the positive challenges, the lessons to teach girls they can be themselves and not worry about what others think of them and also challenge them to get active at the same time.”

Bluffs Community School may be small – currently serving 250 students in grades pre-k through 12 – but we know they will pack a punch!  We’ll look forward to seeing our Bluffs Blue Jays at the Girls on the Run 5k, Saturday, May 17th at Lincoln Land Community College.