EDISON, NJ – A new club recently formed at Washington Elementary School was highlighted yesterday evening at the Edison Board of Education meeting that took place during student recognition night.

Washington Elementary School Principal, Dalia Mirrione, introduced the school’s chapter of Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a non-profit youth development organization dedicated to empowering girls to discover their limitless potential. Focused on building self-confidence, this program also includes physical activities which inspire the girls to achieve their personal best.

The Girls on the Run chapter was started by advisors, Michelle Ring, Christine Toth, and Kristin Schaffter who led the 15 member team along with staff volunteers in three months of training in preparation for a 5K run last November.

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“We are proud of each and every one of you, and equally applaud your families and staff mentors for supporting this exciting journey,” said Mirrione.

The majority of the 15-member team received full scholarships from community organizations and local businesses, so that every child who wanted to participate could do so.

“The Edison Township Education Association also graciously provided the team with a healthy snack and water to refuel for each session,” added Mirrione.

In order to offset the costs of additional race fees, the advisors held a Denim Day fundraiser within the school community and raised enough money from the staff for every interested participant to take part on race day.

The Washington Elementary School Girls on the Run team included: Michelle Edralin, Lexsa Murray, Alyssa Maceda, Kali Ward, Imarah Abdur-Rasheed, Brenda Michaca, Jenna Rivella, Kayla Kelly, Kayla Oross, Hiramari Velazquez, Juliana Faria, Mihika Mehrotra, Emily Reyes, Rupsha Chakraborty and Haley Zampella.  

Running alongside the girls on race day were staff members Kristine Riley, Cathy Eichert, Julie Bateman, Lora Scammacca, Sejal Jain and Joanna Cafaro.

Every single one of the runners made it to the finish line with Haley Zampella coming in 11th place out of 335 girls in her age group.   

“This entire endeavor reflects our staff’s genuine affection for students, our passion for exposing them to new challenges, and our perseverance in ensuring that every interested student could fully participate,” said Mirrione. “This is an example of Washington Elementary School at its very finest and we proudly present you with Certificates of Recognition.”