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Franklin Middle School PTA to host Color Fun Run

The members of the Franklin Middle School Parent Teacher Administration are trying to change up the way they raise money for the school. On April 16, they'll be tossing out the conventional bingo paddles for sneakers when they host their first-ever 3K Color Fun Run.

"Well we've been trying the traditional fundraisers — catalogs and selling things — and unfortunately the interest is just not there anymore, so we were trying to come up with some new ideas as to how we could help fund the projects [at the school]," said Michelle Douglas, president of the school's PTA and organizer of the Color Run.

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Registration is $20 before April 4, which includes a T-shirt, a color packet and a racing bib, and $25 after April 4.

"It's going to be at the middle school, which is nice for us because the middle school is centrally located in Reisterstown, so we're trying to make it a community event, not just our school," Douglas said.

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Funds raised through the event will go back to the school to fund a variety of initiatives and programs.

"As the PTA, we raise money for the school," she said. "So all of the money that we ever raise for the PTA goes directly back to the school, either to pay for cultural arts or help pay for some of the clubs that the teachers run, and they have some out of pocket expenses so we help to reimburse those … we've paid for science people to come to the school and conduct some science stuff at the school, so otherwise it wouldn't be an option for the kids to go to the place and go [do] that. We help pay for an eighth grade farewell [celebration] at the end of the school year."

Individuals can register for the race online at www.FMSColorRun.eventbrite.com. Day-of registration will be accepted, but a color packet and T-shirt are not guaranteed.

Participants are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. for the race, which will begin at 9 a.m. Water and snacks will be available.

Awards will be given to the top three winners in each of three age groups. Participants can also win raffle prizes.

The 3-kilometer race is untimed and is meant to be relaxed and fun, making it perfect for participants of all ages, Douglas said.

"I was talking to an elderly lady in Giant yesterday [about the run]; I don't know whether she'll do it or not, but it's appropriate for any age group … you can walk it, you can run it — whatever you want. I really just want to make it a fun community event that people can come together," Douglas said.

More than just a fundraiser, Douglas said, the run is intended to promote health and wellness among families.

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"Well I think any time you're getting kids moving its important," she said. "I'm a substitute school nurse, but as a nurse, my interests have always been in healthy kids and there's a lot of obesity and really you know communities now, unless you're in an organized sport, there's not so many opportunities for kids to just get out and play and do something."

Leslie Bass, of Reisterstown, said she was trying to find a way to work more healthy exercise into her family's daily life when she found out about the Color Run.

"Well we had actually been talking about doing something like this as a family together," Bass said. "Both my daughter and her father love to run and I've been trying to get into shape as well so I'm more of walker so I said let's start with something a little more small so all of us can enjoy it. And this came up and I thought it sounded like a really good family event and fit into our plan."

Because her daughter, Caden, 14, attends the middle school, the fundraising aspect combined with the opportunity to be active with her family made the event a must-attend for Bass.

"We not only [get] to do the healthy activity but we also [get] to support the school so it really worked out well for us," she said. "I mean honestly that [money raised] goes right back to our kids so what we can do and do this for the PTA and school in general, it's an investment in our children so that's an easy one for me."

Sharon Selko, of Reisterstown, said she likes the idea of a different kind of fundraiser — especially one that emphasizes the importance of health and taking care of one's body.

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"I think it's a great idea to actually encourage a healthy lifestyle. We do some many fundraisers with food, it's nice to do a different kind of fundraiser. We do clothing ones and food but this should be nice for something different," she said.

Beyond raising funds and being active, Bass said, she's looking forward to spending some quality time with her family.

"[I'm looking forward to] just really being together and doing this together as a family, I think that'll be fun and hopefully it'll start us to [doing] more of these events together as well and just getting out here with all the kids and hopefully having a nice crowd and a nice day," she said.

Elaina.clarke@carrollcountytimes.com

410-857-3316

Twitter.com/Ctimes_ROMG

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If you go:

What: Color Run

When: 8 a.m. April 16

Where: Franklin Middle School, 10 Cockeys Mill Road in Reisterstown

Cost: $20 before April 4; $25 after

Registration: www.FMSColorRun.eventbrite.com

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For more information: Contact Douglas at fmsptapres@gmail.com


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