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Three girls are standing outside during color run.

Hayes Elementary received more than a splash of color on Monday, October 16, during its sixth annual Color Run. The fundraising event has become a yearly favorite of the Hayes community, which showed its true colors with this year’s donations topping $10,000 – a new record!

“The Color Run brings our community together to work on a common goal,” said Gaeli Iverson, principal of Hayes. “And then we get to celebrate together at the fun run and dance party!”

Throughout the beautiful fall afternoon, each grade had the chance to run a course around the school while staff and volunteers threw colored powder at them as they passed. Once students completed the run, they gathered in the front parking lot to show off their best dance moves to community members who came to watch the fun.

Officer Dave with a group of students at the color run.

Officer Dave Kostuch, one of our district’s two school resource officers, was right in the middle of the colorful action, leading students in dance lines and singing along with other school staff.

The funds raised at this fun event help the school pay for things like field trips and enrichment items for its science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM, lab. In fact, the STEAM lab space was created with money earned from past Color Runs.

“Our scholars worked hard to earn pledges for our school,” Iverson said. “I am incredibly thankful to our Hayes community for working together for our fall fundraiser!”