On Friday, Oct. 11, FMS Parents held the Color Run at the soccer field between the middle school and high school to raise money for field trips and other activities that will happen throughout the year. Ninety-six students participated in this event that is replacing the Walk-a-Thon, the fundraiser that the FMS Parents have previously organized.
Students wore white or light-colored clothing and ran to three stations situated by the gym, the hill near the high school, and by the trees along the seventh-grade rooms. At these stations, members of the FMS Parents used condiment bottles to spray a cornstarch-based, colored powder at the students. Once the stations ran out of powder, the students and gathered together and threw their powder packets at each other, then lined up for a group photo.
Following the photo, FMS Parents drew a raffle for a prize bag filled with PAWS cards, a sunglasses case, 3 packs of the color powder, a Grandpa Joes gift card, and an iTunes gift card. Some contents of the bag were donated by PAWS and Grandpa Joes, but the rest of the contents and the event were funded by FMS Parents. After the raffle, Skybacher Ministries played popular songs through their speakers, and students danced before having to be dismissed back to class.
“Students paid $1 to walk around the track,” says Wendy Kline, President of FMS Parents for the reason of changing the event, hoping to make it something more interesting and fun for students to want to participate in. FMS Parents hope that it will become an annual event and have already started planning on new additions for the next Color Run.
Students thought the Color Run was better than the Walk-a-Thon, and many plan to attend the next Color Run. Overall the Color Run was seen as an excellent replacement for the Walk-a-Thon and was enjoyable for the students who took place in it.