Middle school students at Riverwalk Academy ran through various colors Tuesday, including blue, yellow, green and orange, to help support their school.
Riverwalk, a public K-12 charter school off Mount Gallant Road, held a color fun run to raise money for an athletic field to support new programs, said Matt Stratton, the school’s director of marketing and development.
Younger students enjoyed fun runs without the powdered colors.
“It went really well, our students were super excited,” said Whitney Reinken, an administrator for grades 4-8.
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The runs raised more than $14,000 toward the $30,000 goal, Stratton said. The school wants to build a grass field to support soccer, football and other new athletic programs.
“We want a sports field so our students can actually have something to play on,” Stratton said.
Community members can donate to the cause on the Lions Roar Fun Run website. The campaign ends in one week.
The run was also a fun way to get middle school students involved, said Riverwalk parent Joy Terhune.
“The kids were having a blast,” Terhune said. “Middle school is hard to get (kids) involved in stuff, and they were having fun and dancing.”
Terhune, who has a sixth-grader and a second-grader at Riverwalk, said her students have attended the school since it was started four years ago. She said the staff this school year has brought positivity to the school.
“The vibe at this school and run is just awesome,” Terhune said. “It’s such a change from the past year. It’s going to be the best year we’ve ever had here.”
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