By Abbey McGee, a freelance writer and editor.
Mill Creek Elementary School students and teachers celebrated a successful PTA Cougar Craze fundraiser with its first-ever Color Run.
All students and teachers were given brand-new, white t-shirts and cool shades and headed out to the field for a color extravaganza. As they ran around the track they were doused with green, yellow, pink, and blue and their gleaming white shirts quickly transformed into custom, colorful creations.
The three-week fundraiser set out to raise $30,000 to support the school and PTA programming. The final tally on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, was over $42,000, exceeding the goal by more than $12,000.
Local sponsors paid for all costs associated with the Color Run and fundraiser so 100 percent of the donations go directly back to the school.
Funds donated during Cougar Craze benefit all students and teachers. The PTA brings special programs to the school like Science Day, the school-wide Art of the Masters art program, school assemblies, and fun family events.
This past summer, the PTA repaired damaged playground equipment for students and the local community to enjoy.
Cougar Craze funds also support the school by granting each grade level teacher group a lump sum of money to spend how they best see fit. In the past, this money has been earmarked for classroom technology, supplemental curriculum, and other much-needed materials and supplies that enhance student learning.
Andy and friend (behind) during Color Run. Photo courtesy of Abbey McGee.
Mill Creek Elementary School teachers after Color Run. Photo courtesy of Abbey McGee.
Mill Creek Elementary School volunteers after Color Run. Photo courtesy of Abbey McGee.