Who We Are
Our mission at RunningBrooke is simple: to get kids physically active to spark happier, healthier, learning-ready students through our Move2Learn and Move2Learn-at-Home programs, created for both school and home. By integrating fun and creative activities throughout the day, students can better focus on their work, which primes them to get the most out of their learning. While all children can benefit from the work we do, the need is even greater for some children.
Home: The New Classroom
The Covid-19 pandemic that struck in the United States in early 2020 presented us with a unique challenge: With schools closed and homes the new classroom, how would we continue to meet the needs of our students? With buy-in from Alexandria schools, we quickly pivoted from our signature Move2Learn program to Move2Learn-at-Home! We’ve sent hundreds of our toolkits to families on request, and we produce a short, fun video with a different set of exercises every week that kids can follow along with. The videos are available on our website as well as the ACPS site.
Move2Learn in School
RunningBrooke’s Move2Learn school-based program provides professional development trainings, classroom toolkits, and Move2Learn Movement Challenges in addition to grant funding for Alexandria City Public Schools teachers and schools.
Our Commitment to Racial Justice
These past several months have challenged us all, as individuals, as groups and as a country. To be sure, the coronavirus pandemic has turned our world upside down and taken the lives of so many. But we’re facing another disease that takes a selective toll that can no longer be ignored: the senseless and repeated murders of unarmed Black people by police and the well-documented brute force used by law enforcement, as we’ve been witnessing.
Although we’re living through very difficult and uncertain times, we at RunningBrooke are using this opportunity to recalibrate and grow. We’ll work to truly hear each other, even when discussing hard, uncomfortable issues. We’ll take responsibility for being uninformed or underinformed and do what’s necessary to change that. We’ll seek guidance from those who have experienced racism – and continue to experience racism – in their lives. We stand in solidarity with Black, indigenous, and people of color. Read our full statement.
RunningBrooke is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a staff of five. We count on a dedicated Board of Directors who are active in the community outside of their commitment to RunningBrooke, serving Alexandria in multiple roles. We are funded by generous donations from the community, community events and milestone celebrations, and the wonderful support of our sponsors – dedicated businesses whose leaders recognize the power of philanthropy on positive outcomes. Our Form 990 is available upon request.