Members of Heathwood's Girls on the Run team are committed to having an "attitude of gratitude," and this year they expressed their gratitude to those who served our country by writing Thank You cards and collecting beef jerky for veterans.
The girls also made cards and treats for children who are hospitalized at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.
Girls on the Run brings together girls in 3rd-5th grades to develop life skills through interactive lessons and running games. This year's participants were Sophia Genovese, Vivian Cooper, Leah Nord, Bonnie Pope, Mary Danner Abernathy, Everette Pope, Mary Henley Scurry, Lila Koon, Lydia Smith, Poppy Mood, and Anne Nelson Draffin. Coaches were 8th Grade English Teacher Emily Hodges and EC/LS Transition Teacher Catherine Barnhill, assisted by USC student D'Arcy Bass.
The students came up with the idea for the service project themselves. The veterans, said Mrs. Hodges, were very appreciative, especially of the project slogan, "Be strong like jerky!"