Last December I wrote a post about one of the girls at St. Charles whom we will call “Anna.” Anna had just arrived at the Home when I met her in December. She was terrified of everyone she met. After living at St. Charles for six months and continuing to work hard to face her fears, Anna has made significant progress.
Last week, Anna’s teacher invited her to be a guest speaker in her class. She was invited because she is considered an expert in running. Anna’s teacher is a runner. Not only that, but several children in the classroom are preparing right now for their first 5k. So Anna was invited to speak to the class and give the young runners some pointers for running their first race:
- Start slow
- Run straight so you don’t trip over other people and they don’t trip over you
- Save your fastest running for the end
- Be a good sport: you are running to have fun
- Do your best!
Everyone was impressed with Anna’s presentation. So the little girl who was shaking with terror the first time she met me six months ago is now a seasoned 5k runner who gives good advice, and a public speaker! Go Anna!