Soroptimist International of Rio Vista Project Heart and Sole supports the middle and high school cross country teams, encourages young womens’ involvement in the sport, and encourages leadership opportunities.
Young Leaders Speak at 9/18 Soroptimist Meeting
Three enthusiastic students who benefited from leadership and cross country activities sponsored by the club spoke at the Soroptimist International of Rio Vista September 18th meeting.
Aly Stiles, Riverview Middle School 8th Grade Math and Leadership teacher, talked about the clubs Project Heart & Sole and how it has grown over the last five years and how it helps the kids in our community. Soroptimist Project Heart & Sole focuses on the Cross Country Program at Riverview and promotes leadership and character education.
Breona Hoff, Forrest Drury, and Sami Lyon talked about what they got out of attending the California Association of Director of Activities (CADA) and California Association of Student Leaders (CASL) middle school camp this summer. It included a 3-day trip to UC Santa Barbara Campus where campers participated in teambuilding workshops and individual workshops. Three of the attendees’ trips were sponsored by Soroptimist Project Heart & Sole.
Forrest Drury said that his favorite part of leadership camp was “The fact that you can be yourself. You learn a lot about yourself… probably more than you thought you didn’t know.” Sami Lyon said, “My favorite part of the UCSB camp was making new friends and stepping outside my comfort zone.” Breona Hoff enthused, “My favorite part about the camp was being able to go out and be silly and be yourself ‘cuz you’re never going to see these kids again so why not?”
All students expressed their thanks for Soroptimist support.
A short video was played about student experiences at the conference. Among key things learned: “You can’t leave other people out.” “It’s good to be kind to people.” “Never predict what a person is going to be like when you go to talk to them or they come up to you.” “Be kind to other people because this affects them in a way that you don’t know really.” “How you budget your money and use your money [for school activities].” “How to advertise a dance or fundraiser.” “How to make a bunch of small connections and how it all builds up to one strong connection.” “You should think outside the box for everything and anything.” “How to get through [your] insecurities.” “Don’t hide your expressions and your feelings.” “You should just be yourself.”