Discover what it takes to GO when the mind and body say NO!

If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

The Race is On

THE RACE IS ON The 7th annual Got Grit? 5k and One Mile Fun Walk/Run is still on in spite of the rain. Remember, the name of the race is, "Got Grit?" Runners will stay dry before and after the race in the gym. Great refreshment including Betsys Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies. The Kiwanis Club will be selling Maple View Ice Cream. All one-milers, adults and children, receive finishers medal. Over 100 trophies to be awarded in the 5K. Drawing for prizes. You can still register Friday evening 4-8 outside Weaver St. Market and on race day 7-8:15.

Got Grit? 2nd Edition

Announcing the new and revised 2nd edition of Tom Carr's book:

Got Grit?  Why you need it, how you get it, and how to pass it on to young people.

If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

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Our Belief Statement

At we strongly believe that a person’s grit (hard work, determination, perseverance, self-discipline) combined with good social skills, is a better predictor of future success than IQ, standardized test scores, and grade point averages.


The Four Components of the GOT GRIT? Program

G: Getting along with others. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Soft skills (social skills) are more important than hard skills.

R: Responsibility. Marvin Marshall, educator and discipline expert, tells us, “Responsible people are happy people. Happy people are responsible people.” Adults and children need to be responsible in these areas:   
    1) The body (exercise, sleep, good nutrition, spirituality)
    2) Learning (having a ‘growth-mindset’)
    3) The family (doing their fair share helping/supporting family members)
    4) The community (environmental issues, recycling, volunteering, voting)

I: Integrity: Notice that the word grit is hidden in the word integrity. It takes grit to have integrity! It isn’t always easy doing the right thing.

T: Tenacity. This involves perseverance, not giving up, not using excuses, overcoming adversities, self-discipline, determination, and optimism.


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