Take flight with the Butterfly Run on Nov. 8 in San Antonio to benefit the Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation

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As I pondered ways to introduce you to the Butterfly Run and the San Antonio Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) and its Foundation, I glanced out of my window to see a bright yellow butterfly flit past. Larger than any I’d seen in my yard this season so far, it dipped and dived joyfully around my backyard, whimsical yet purposeful in its motions, propelling itself forward, seeming to greet this gorgeous November day with excitement for what the future holds. I envision the students at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a tuition-free magnet school for girls in the San Antonio Independent School District, in the exact same way: as bright, bold, and purposeful, with enthusiastic eyes and hearts focused on what lies ahead.

Opened in 2008, the YWLA is the first all-girls, public, tuition-free, college preparatory school in San Antonio. The school’s curriculum focuses on math, science, technology, and building leadership skills. Every YWLA student is expected to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university.

Whatever they’re doing at YWLA, it seems to be working. At The DoSeum’s 2015 Outside the Lunchbox luncheon, I heard YWLA students asking questions of author Amanda Ripley. The students were confident and had clear, ambitious visions for their futures. One student wanted to be a teacher, and asked particularly thoughtful, well-informed questions.”

– Inga Cotton, a local advocate and resource for variety and quality in education in San Antonio, writes at SACharterMoms.com

The Butterfly Run takes place this Sunday, November 8, at the San Antonio Botanical Garden (I know, right?! They couldn’t have selected a better location.). Funds raised from this family-friendly 5k run / walk help the YWLA Foundation provide college prep activities for the students, including college advising, SAT/ACT prep, and writing boot camps.

This is the most unique 5K in town because it is the only one held at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. We invite everyone to join us on Nov. 8, which is sure to be a beautiful day!”

– Delia McLerran, principal of SA Young Women’s Leadership Academy

And, while it’s nice to know that participating in The Butterfly Run helps young women become the leaders of tomorrow, it’s also a great way to get outdoors and get moving with your family during one of the prettiest months of the year!

San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place, 78209

Sunday, November 8, 2015
5k: 8:00 a.m.
1-mile run: 8:15 a.m.

Individuals and teams register at The Butterfly Run.
$35 per person through November 7
$40 per person on race day
Teams of five or more runners are $30 through November 7, and $40 on race day.

Awards will be given for first, second and third place in the men’s and women’s 5K divisions by age group. Runners under the age of 14 who participate in the 1-mile run will also have a chance to earn medals including first, second and third place in boys’ and girls’ divisions. For runners under the age of 14, there is also an option to participate untimed in both the 5K and 1-mile run.

Take flight with the Butterfly Run on Nov. 8 in San Antonio to benefit the Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation

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