Stiegel and Burgard PTOs partner to host Color Run

By on April 26, 2017

The PTOs at Stiegel and H.C. Burgard elementary schools have partnered to host their first Color-A-Thon event, also known as a Color Run. It will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, in Veterans Memorial Park, Manheim. The rain date is Sunday, May 7.

Stacy Hondru, president of Stiegel’s PTO, said that the event is open to both students and the public. Registration is $30. Registration will be available the day of the event starting at 8 a.m. Participants may also register online at shop.schoolathon.org/EventIndex.asp?EID=184383.

As of April 21, there were 530 registered participants. As part of the registration fee, each participant will receive a T-shirt.

“This is not a road race nor is it a timed race. It’s being held on a cross country course, so be prepared to get muddy and full of color, and to have fun,” Hondru stressed, “It’s also not really pet-friendly.”

Participants may walk, run, or skip through the course. The fun comes in getting blasted with color. The color dust is safe, non-toxic, and completely washable. It’s made of corn starch and color dyes approved by the FDA.

She said that some of the mothers in the PTO participated in a Color Run in Hershey and talked about how fun it was.

“We decided to make it our major fundraiser for the year,” Hondru explained.

The color powder that will be used at Manheim’s Color-A-Thon event is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. The bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes. Those who participate are encouraged to protect car seats with sheets or towels, and wash clothing immediately upon returning home.

The color powder that will be used at Manheim’s Color-A-Thon event is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. The bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes. Those who participate are encouraged to protect car seats with sheets or towels, and wash clothing immediately upon returning home.

At the same time Burgard’s PTO was also considering hosting a similar event. Funds raised from the event will be used by the two PTOs to cover the cost of field trips, assemblies, classroom supplies, activities such as movie nights and roller skating parties, and other family-friendly events for students of the two schools.

Burgard PTO member Gina Ober said that in the past the organization has held a Race for Education during school hours as a fundraiser.

“We heard about a Color Run and though it would be really fun for the kids, but when we learned that Stiegel’s PTO was considering hosting a Color Run, we decided to join forces and open the event up to the community,” she said.

Students participating in the run will raise at least $30 in donations to do so. They will earn rewards, or prizes, based on the level of donations.

The Color-A-Thon will follow one main course of about two-miles, which Ober said is nearly equivalent to a 3K event. However participants have the option of completing the entire course or a half-mile segment. The half-mile will be marked, and Ober said that those who decide not to complete the two-mile course will still cross the finish line.

Ober explained that color stations will be set up along the route. The sponsors of the event will have a color station and volunteers from the sponsor or the PTO will staff the station. Hondru said that additional color dust will be available at the finish line.

“The intent is to have a fun, family-friendly event,” she said.

After 103 years of serving the Manheim community as a school, Stiegel will close its doors at the end of this school year.

“For our students, the Color-A-Thon is part of a farewell to the school. Knowing that this is the last year for the school, we’ve hosted an event each month,” Hondru said.

For more information about participating in, or sponsoring this fun, healthy and charitable event, contact Hondru at shondru@gmail.com. For more information about Color-A-Thon visit schoolathon.org.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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