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Self-esteem walk and rally planned

Walk In it Inc. will hold its sixth annual Stepping Out for Self Esteem Walk and Rally at King’s Fork Middle School beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30.

The purpose of the Stepping Out for Self-Esteem Walk and Rally is to “increase self-esteem in girls and women, empowering them to unapologetically be themselves, celebrate their strengths and engage in growth opportunities,” Executive Director Jennell Riddick stated in a press release. “We are also able to raise awareness of the countless number of girls and women who struggle with self-esteem, positive body image and individual self-confidence daily,” she added.

This year’s one-mile walk will take place on the grounds of the school. From 10 a.m. to noon, the rally will take place in the auditorium and will feature a jump rope competition, dance off and step show exhibition. The event will conclude at noon with spirit awards presented in two categories: the Community Spirit Award for the organization with the most representation and the most best overall spirit and the School Spirit Award for the school with the most Ladies of Distinction in attendance and best overall spirit.

Registration is $25 per person and includes an event T-shirt and bracelet. Sponsors, vendors and donors are also welcomed to participate and may register at the same link. Registration deadline for online or in-person is Sept. 30. Pre-registration for the event is available online at https://form.jotform.us/2Give/WalkIndividualRegistrationWIT. Additionally, walkers may register on-site the day of the event beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Through Walk In It initiatives and programming, the organization has successfully assisted in the empowerment and molding of thousands of girls throughout Western Tidewater since 2004. Eight of 10 Walk In It participants attend college, 65 percent improve by at least one letter grade in targeted subject area, and 75 percent receive fewer or no behavioral infractions in school. To learn more about Walk In It, visit www.walkinit.com.