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Girls learn life lessons, gain confidence with 'Girls on the Run' program

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Young girls in Columbus City Schools are getting the chance to realize their true potential by setting goals and seeing them through to the end. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Young girls in Columbus City Schools are getting the chance to realize their true potential by setting goals and seeing them through to the end.

The third-through-sixth graders at Ecole Kenwood French Immersion School are learning the meaning of true beauty.

"It makes me feel all fluffy and warm inside," says Indigo Feagin.

It's the theme of the Girls on the Run lesson - an after-school program for elementary aged girls.

"It helps them to be a brighter person and a better person and it can also make them even healthier,” says Zalika Obayuwama.

Running is only one part of the program. The girls are learning life lessons that help them build confidence and feel empowered.

“I can see such a difference in the attitudes of the girls that I have in Girls on the Run, in how they treat their peers and how they treat themselves. It's a really cool difference to see," says Ecole Kenwood coach Suzanna Duggan.

Over at Eastgate Elementary School the Girls on the Run team is making a motivational playlist for today's practice run.

"We're like sisters to the little kids. I just kind of help them out when they're tired and stuff. Keep them going with positive energy," says fifth-grade student Isis Harrison.

The girls run laps at each meeting, applying the things they've learned in their lessons to keep each other motivated. Next month, they'll reach the goal they've set by running a 5k together.

"It's really touching because some of the girls really think they can't do it but you see them put down their goals on a piece of paper and they set five but they did ten. It's like really empowering for me,” says Eastgate coach Lashawnda Ferrell.

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