Mount Saint Dominic Academy


MSDA Assists ‘Girls on the Run’

At Mount St. Dominic Academy, girls are empowered through education. At Girls on the Run, school age girls learn about confidence, inner strength, and their ability to accomplish big things. This wonderful combination of high school girls leading middle and elementary school girls is a perfect match.

According to the Girls on the Run website, the organization inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. It’s a place where girls learn that they can–there are no limits and no constraints, only opportunities to be remarkable. Girls on the Run helps girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. The organization also looks at the role of teams and healthy relationships and explores how girls can positively connect with and shape the world.

Mount St. Dominic Academy is a sponsor of the Girls on the Run Serving New Jersey East. Under the direction of Caldwell resident, MSDA Admissions Director, and GOTR Coach, Pauline Condon leads the Girls on the Run participants at sessions taking place at Grover Cleveland Park. She is joined by MSDA student running buddies who volunteer their time and encouragement to the younger girls: Caldwell resident Catherine Conti ’18, Oak Ridge resident Alexandra Cruz ’21, Caldwell resident Cara Galvano ’19, Maplewood resident Abigail Garaban ’19, and Florham Park resident Meghan Stein ’18.

The girls and their certified Girls on the Run® coaches and volunteer role models meet twice a week with their small team over a ten-week course. Life skills are taught through fun, engaging lessons that focus on the joy of physical activity. The curriculum concentrates on lessons that teach the value in understanding oneself, relationships, teamwork, and how we connect with and shape the world in which we live.

At the session’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5K event, giving the girls the feel of achievement as well as a providing them with a framework for setting goals. The results allow the girls to see the possibility in all things, and they emerge healthy and confident.

Read more about the impact of Girls on the Run.


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