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Showing one’s colors

By Staff | May 1, 2015

The Jefferson High School FFA Chapter will hosted a 5K Color Run on April 25. Taking place along the cross country route at Sam Michael’s Park, the event offered a different and creative fundraising event for the group. Participants came out to travel the course and be bombarded with a variety of colors at each kilometer mark.

According to chapter reporter Kristian Davis, the planners in the group selected this event because it it different. While there is a national color run, and other similar runs held elsewhere, the group hoped to play on the creativity to draw participants. That hope was fulfilled as runners could be seen in their clean while race t-shirts prior to the start and then full of color at the end of the race.

Davis explained that during the 3.2 miles (5K), there were individuals with paint squirt bottles at each kilometer mark spraying washable powdered paint at the runners.

The FFA Chapter held the event to raise funds for Pets for Vets, a program dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with American Veterans who can benefit from a companion animal.

Davis explained that the students wish to “give back to those who have given so much to this country.”

Businesses have stepped forward to help sponsor the event, Davis said. Those sponsorships have helped fund the materials needed to put on the run. All other proceeds will go to the Pets for Vets group.

The school FFA Chapter is more than 100 members strong and they participate in a variety of activities including local, state and national competitions.

For more information on the chapter, contact Jefferson High School.