Yesterday began a new after school program called Girls On the Run. It is a group of 3-5th grade girls who will be meeting twice a week after school to learn about running, team building, self-esteem, healthy eating, etc.
Two wonderful runner moms who live a stone's throw away from me, and have girls in third grade lead the program. I am along for the ride, to support Riley and to help when she doesn't need support.
The girls sat in a circle yesterday, and were asked to give one word responses starting with the same letter as their name to describe themselves.
"Respectful" Riley (how cute is it that she called herself this?) and I had discussed beforehand the possibility of educating the girls about Asperger's. Riley agreed it would be a good idea and we prepared together what would be said. The mom leaders gave me the green light.
The girls listened attentively and were really sweet and open. I think Riley felt welcome. I like that there were 4th and 5th graders there and girls from her own class as well. I feel like the more people at school who have some understanding of Riley, the better off she is.
The girls ran just a little yesterday and will be working up to a 5K run by the end of the school year.
Each week two awards are given. Riley got the "energy" award for her bravery in being open to allow her mom to talk about Asperger's.
*props to Seth who sat in the corner, headphones on, portable DVD player, eating a snack. Best boy ever. All those girls. Blech.