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St. Mary's County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Girls on the Run Southern Maryland

Girls on the Run logoGirls on the Run International has served over 1.2 million girls since its inception in 1996. Our independent council, Girls on the Run Southern Maryland was approved as a 501(c)(3) organization this month after a year and a half of planning. The organization will be delivering the Girls on the Run program to girls in Saint Mary’s and Charles Counties beginning in September 2017. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The ten-week program incorporates running to teach critical life skills, encourage personal development and foster team building and community service.  Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons.  Teams meet twice a week for 75-90 minutes and the program culminates with all teams participating in a 5k event.

Smiling girlsGirls on the Run Southern Maryland is always looking for volunteers. We are currently accepting new program sites to host teams for the inaugural Fall 2017 season. The Coach Application is also now open. Volunteers provide critical leadership and we are currently seeking coaches to facilitate the program with small teams of 8 to 15 girls. Coaches do not need to be runners but are required to be a minimum of eighteen years old to serve as a coach.  All volunteer coaches must complete a background check and attend a training session.

We are hosting a community planning meeting on May 6, 2017 at 1 P.M. at the Leonardtown Library meeting room. This meeting is for anyone interested in starting a new site at a school (or community center, college campus, religious campus, or any other safe location with outdoor running space), coaching, helping plan our end of season celebratory 5K, or just want more information about Girls on the Run.

Anyone interested in getting more information about Girls on the Run Southern Maryland should visit our website, visit us on Facebook or contact Kristine Hall, Council Director, at 240-317-7146 or

Charles County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Kids into Discovering Science (KIDS)

KIDS logoK.I.D.S. is a STEM program focused on mentoring elementary to high school students through advanced technical science and engineering projects.

Kids into Discovering Science (KIDS) exposes kids to the remarkable things that can be accomplished when science is used to solve problems and meet a challenge.  This year a KIDS team is preparing to compete in the International Submarine Races with a submarine conceptualized and built by kids ages 10-18.

Kids are learning about science in school, but building a one person-powered submarine and racing it in the International Submarine Races brings science alive - 20 feet under water. A group of children from Southern Maryland are preparing to compete for the third time in a race that requires groups to design, build and provide scuba-certified divers to race a human-powered submarine along a one-hundred-meter course at the David Taylor Model Basin at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. Unlike many of the teams competing from major universities from across the country (and a few from overseas), our team is a community group made up of diverse boys and girls from Southern Maryland led by volunteer mentors.Smiling kids

KIDS (Kids Into Discovering Science) is a Southern Maryland-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to STEM education for kids from kindergarten through high school, and we have been meeting since the last race in 2015 to design and manufacture our current submarine. We split the team into five system groups, focusing on building the hull, propeller, emergency, drive train and steering systems.  The kids apply project management skills to navigate their timeline, designs, fabrication and integration and then fabricate all the parts by hand for the sake of learning and problem solving.

In addition to time spent building the submarine, the team participates in outreach events in Charles and Prince George’s Counties, often bringing the sub from our 2015 race, “Nautilus” to share their experiences with other kids and families and spread the word about their current project.

There are many risks and challenges, and we are facing a few now.  The hull’s progress was slowed when the mold was damaged being removed from the plug, so there is a small group working on fixing this problem. Once the hull is complete, all the systems need to be installed, integrated within the sub system and tested - and then the divers need to practice steering and powering the sub in the water.  We hope to overcome these challenges one by one. 

The purpose of our organization is to use hands-on science projects to improve children’s leadership skills, imagination and growth. Thank you and follow us during race week, 26-30 June, on social media! To keep updated on our progress, visit our website at: