WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Lynn Laurence is our Jefferson Award winner for the month of May.
Laurence started Girls on the Run of the Northwoods. The organization is now in its 10th year of developing strong, confident and healthy young girls.
"We inspire girls to be joyful, inspired and healthy. We give them the tools to get through the tough times as they transition for being children into young adults," said Laurence.
Girls on the Run is a national organization. The Northwoods chapter has seen 600 girls graduate from it in the past decade.
The 10 week program is held twice a week at four elementary schools. The curriculum has girls spending time talking, taking part in activities and training for a 5-K run at the completion of the program.
The 2014 Girls on the Run of the Northwoods Community 5-K is scheduled for Saturday, May 31 in Minocqua.
Organizers say they have received requests from other schools around the area on how to set up their own programs.