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GOTR_019Girls on the Run coaches teach their teams about the importance of being responsible members of their communities. For the girls, this means planning, designing, and implementing a service project at their schools, neighborhoods, local parks, etc.

But other than service projects, what does it mean to be an active, responsible community member?

For the runners out there, we can serve our communities by running in or volunteering for a local charity race.  But there are simpler ways too, whether you are a runner or not. For example:

– Take the time, while out on a run or a walk in the neighborhood, to exchange greetings with neighbors. This simple action is not only self-fulfilling, it also builds goodwill and yields more cohesive communities.
– Buy locally grown foods and products to support your local economy.
– Recycle!
– Walk or ride your bike to local destinations to reduce noise and air pollution and make your streets safer and more pleasant.
– Stay informed about what’s going on in your community – and when necessary, take action!
– Join your homeowner’s association or a local civic club.

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