Colorful 5-K raises money for students

By Amanda Dodson -

There’s a fun, colorful, 5-K coming to town on May 7. South Stokes is hosting the popular Color Run where participants are showered with colored powder at stations along the run.

The race is set to start at Southeastern Middle School, and move along sidewalks through Walnut Cove, then cut into a quiet residential area and then back down to Southeastern.

The 3.1 mile event is open to all ages and designed for every type of runner, jogger, or walker.

“We were looking to do something different than selling cookies or candy. Color runs are very popular in the Triad and we found a company that partners with schools,” said organizer Marsha Dunn.

The goal of the 5-K is to raise money while getting the community involved.

“South Stokes and the town have a physical disconnect because of location. We’re not directly visible on a day-to-day basis so we wanted the route to cover the major part of Main Street so the public can see what Walnut Cove has to offer. Our hope is that those participating will stay in town for lunch and do some visiting,” Dunn said.

The race has already raised $1,400 in early registrations.

“I would love to see the $5,000 mark met. We said when we started this process that no matter how much we raise, it’s more than we had before we began.”

South Stokes plans to use the funds to provide departments with necessary supplies that haven’t been purchased over the last few years due to cuts.

“Funding for remediation, copy paper, general supplies, postage, lab equipment, and so on, has been cut 90% in the short four years I’ve been at South Stokes. We may not be able to do it all at once, but it’s a start in the right direction for our students,” Dunn said. “Unfortunately, our current N.C. General Assembly and administration are not pro public education. At this level we have had to become more creative and think outside of the box, not only with fundraisers but also with our resources in the classroom. We can’t hold out hope for a better budget or more money from the GA for next year. Educators and school districts have to do more with much less than ever before and will continue to do so because our students deserve the best that we can give them, in spite of our state government.”

Dunn believes the Color Run will be a memorable event for the community while benefitting local students.

“I want people to enjoy themselves and know they’re helping out an amazing school. I hope they’ll visit our quaint town and the folks who have businesses here. I would love for Walnut Cove to become a destination place instead of only a spot for the locals,” she said.

Registration information for the South Stokes Color Run can be found on their Facebook Event Page and also through the South Stokes High School website. Registration is open until April 22nd.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

By Amanda Dodson