Colorful Fun Run Benefits Local Schools

FunRunpageheaderMORGAN, UTAH: October 17, 2015 – Over 500 runners became colorful works of art as they participated in the third annual Morgan Education Foundation “Color Us Bright” Fun Run on Monday, September 28. Splashes of color could be seen all over participants and along the race route beginning at the Trojan Center, and then around the Wilkinson Rec Complex, Morgan High School, Morgan Middle School and Morgan Elementary.

The Foundation raised approximately $5300 at this year’s event, which was a significant increase over last year. Foundation members attribute the larger crowd to reducing registrations fees and increasing advertising for the event.

“We lowered the registration fees in hopes that more families and students would participate,” stated Diana Windley, Morgan Education Foundation president. “With reduced registration fees, we knew there was the possibility the event would earn less money this year when compared to last year. However, with participation more than double from the previous year, the final outcome netted $1,000 more over 2014.”

Windley stated the Foundation members wanted to involve as many people in the community as possible, and allow all residents to show their support to Morgan Schools with an affordable, family-friendly event.

“One-hundred percent of the registration fees are going directly to benefit Morgan School District classrooms,” continued Windley. “Our generous sponsors and volunteers covered all of the costs for the color packets, t-shirts, advertising, prizes and other expenses associated with the Color Run.”

The 2015 sponsors included: Young Ford & Dodge; Advanced Machinery; Goldenwest Credit Union; Hertz; Get Away Today Vacations; 1st Bank; Timbermine Steakhouse; Karen’s Kreations; Ace Hardware; Saunders Outdoor Advertising; and, Hinds Quick Stop.

To add excitement at this year’s event, the grand prize drawing included Disneyland Park Hopper Passes with a three-night hotel-stay in Southern California, donated by Get Away Today Vacations. Kasha Carpenter, a student at Morgan Elementary and daughter of MES second grade teacher Mrs. Carpenter, was the lucky winner of the grand prize.

Funds raised during the Color Run will be used to help fund classroom grants for the District’s fast-growing student population. Grant requests include items such as Chrome Book labs, iPads, document cameras, and classroom readers. The Foundation is also working to raise awareness and money to purchase a new bus for special needs students.

The Foundation wishes to thank everyone who participated in the Color Run, and invites all members of the Morgan community to join the race next year. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event a success!

The Morgan Education Foundation was founded in 2007 to help bring about excellence in education for children enrolled with Morgan County School District. Funds raised by the Foundation are available to teachers through a classroom grant process. The Foundation also utilizes these funds to support arts and athletic programs, pay for much-needed technology upgrades, and provide college scholarships for graduating seniors.