In March, Hillside Elementary began its first season of Girls On The Run. Working closely with the Girls On The Run Council of Central Michigan, they were able to establish a local program which helps girls in grades 3-5 focus on self-confidence, team work, goal setting, and physical fitness. The team grew quickly from a handful of girls to a full team of 18. Throughout the six week season, the girls participated in activities which helped them reach their end goal of running in a real 5k race. In addition to twice weekly meetings featuring both running practice and practical life lessons, the group also volunteered their time to help with the Robert Friese Memorial Run/Walk in Harrison on April 27th. The team used what they learned during this experience to help them as they embarked upon their own run at the Girls On The Run of Central Michigan 5k, held Saturday, May 18th.