Wilton Youth Council’s Youth to Youth club at Middlebrook Middle School is introducing a new fundraising event called My School Color Run on Thursday, May 5. Rather than sell goods, this program engages the entire student body in a fitness initiative that aims to bring the Middlebrook community together and instill a lifelong healthy way of living. Although the event in itself is very exciting, the story of how it came to Middlebrook is extra special.

As students in a 7th grade physical education class were playing a kickball game, they discovered that the infield dirt was collecting on everyone’s clothes. One student mentioned how it looked like everyone had just participated in a color run. That sparked an idea to host a color run as a fundraiser.

“This ordinary, everyday interaction led to an inspirational idea that speaks to the character of our student body,” writes Youth to Youth advisor Tanya Leonard. “Without any assignments, expectations, or deadlines, this 7th grade P.E. class came together to create what is shaping up to be an extraordinary event for our Middlebrook community; and, as such, truly exemplifying the notion that character is what you do when no one else is watching.”

The idea continued to gain momentum and a few class representatives went to a Youth to Youth (Y2Y) meeting to present the idea, which was met with huge enthusiasm. The students of the P.E. class, along with Y2Y members, chose this fundraiser as their Spring community service project and the Color for the Council was born, with all proceeds benefiting the Wilton Youth Council.

Wilton Youth Council is a long-standing Wilton organization dedicated to the positive development of social and emotional health of Wilton youth. The all volunteer, non-profit, community organization relies on community contributions to deliver proven programs for all students. Programs funded by the Wilton Youth Council include:  Youth to Youth, PeerConnection, PeerVention, CODES, Class Projects and Parent Connection’s Parent Information Speaker Series.

The Color for the Council color run is an untimed fun run, during which participants run or walk through our color splash zones where they’ll be doused in color sprayed by Middlebrook staff. The event culminates in a big color “poof” when everyone can use individual color packets, made of cornstarch, baking soda and dye to add to the colorful fun.

The color run is open to all Middlebrook students, Middlebrook families and staff. *All students not attending Middlebrook need to be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will seek pledges and donations from friends, family and community neighbors to help raise funds. Event organizers are also looking for local businesses that are interested in sponsoring the event. Wilton Youth Council will keep 100-percent of all donations and sponsorships.

The Color for the Council will be held on Thursday, May 5th, (3:20 p.m. check-in, 4 p.m. run). 2016 at Middlebrook School. Early online registration is $25 before Friday, April 8, and $35 by April 22. Registration includes a race bib, color packet, and t-shirt.

Any families that want more information or a copy of the paper registration form can visit the Youth to Youth page on edline or email Tanya Leonard or Heather Schlitz.

“We believe in empowering students to make a change and are proud to support our students as they bring this wonderful opportunity to life for our community. Thank you for your help in making this fundraiser a success!” Leonard writes.