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Bell’s Elementary Color-A-Thon

Hayden Fuse in color. Photos provided

Bells Elementary School put a creative spin to the sometimes repetitive school fundraisers by hosting its first Color-A-Thon 3K. According to Bells Elementary Principal, Lauren Behie, “We wanted to try something different.” So the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, commonly known as the PTO, organized the first 3K, equivalent to 1.8 miles, which would be open to not only Bells Elementary students but the entire community. The registration was open to children and adults who wished to participate as runners or walkers in the event. Four color stations were set up along the race where participants were “colored” along the way. Proceeds from the Color-A-Thon were going to be used to purchase the school new playground equipment as well as additional classroom supplies. “We wanted to promote a healthier fundraiser,” Principal Behie said, “that would bring the community together.” According to Principal Behie on Saturday, May 6th, the Color-A-Thon drew a crowd of approximately 100 individuals not only from the Bells community but from the entire county. “This was an awesome opportunity to bring not only Bells but the entire community together,” said Principal Behie. One of the participants, Rebecca Ritter said, “Bells Color-A-Thon was a fun and interactive community fundraiser that I participated in to help raise money for the school’s playground equipment.”

The PTO and Principal Behie took on the Color-A-Thon as a way to focus on healthier living and the final outcome proved to be worth the efforts. “I think this is the funniest fundraiser I have ever taken part in,” said Principal Behie. “I had a blast helping while getting some exercise,” participant Ritter said, “and the volunteers running the color stations were encouraging, fun, and loving while making sure everyone had fun and got colored.” The event was not only a way to involve the community but an opportunity to promote Bell’s Elementary PTO who have worked very hard on making this event possible. “I am so thankful to the PTO and their willingness to try something different,” said Principal Behie, “and especially Tiffany Tucker and Megan Strauss who were very helpful.” This is just the beginning for Bell’s Elementary as Principal Behie hopes to continue the Color-A-Thon another year. Principal Behie also hopes that this event has opened the door for new members who may be interested in joining the Bells Elementary PTO, as they are always looking to grow. The next PTO meeting will be held May 18th at 6:00 pm at Bells Elementary for all interested please attend. 

Amye Stivender (199 Posts)