NHS gets ready for 5k color run


Participants in a charity color run enjoy flinging colors on themselves and other participants during one of the popular events. (photo used with permission by Wikimedia Commons)

Abbey Cole, Staff Writer

National Honor Society (NHS) is hosting the second annual 5K color run on March 3 with Plano East and Plano West to donate to the Plano ISD Core Store, which provides school supplies to teachers.
Even though the color run is a fun event, NHS is determined about collecting money for their teachers in order to pay them back for their hard work.
“All money collected will go to the Plano ISD Core Store which has school supplies for teachers to give to their students as well as use in their classroom,” Leonard said.
All teachers and students are invited in order to help all of the NHS officers unite the schools.
“The three NHS senior high officer groups last year wanted to do something together to bring unity to the schools and the community thus they decided to start a 5K,” NHS sponsor Shanique Leonard said.
For the run, each senior high officer group has been preparing different components for the run since the beginning of the semester.
“Plano East has been making posters and collecting water, Plano West has been making the color dye and Plano Senior is reserving the field and making sure we have all of the supplies,” NHS co-president Jonathan Yang said.
PISD staff and students pay $15 to register and adults get in for $20. This fee includes a color run t-shirt.
“The color run is hosted here on the soccer field and is designed to traverse around the whole campus,” Yang said.
Runners must arrive at 9:30 a.m. to check-in, then the race starts at 10 a.m.
“Students can help volunteer through NHS for the color run. We need people to help with water stations, manning registration tables, face painting and throwing dye onto people,” Yang said.
If students do not want to participate in the color run, they can donate money to NHS. However, there are also many activities besides running that NHS has planned.
“We’ll have face painting and free snacks. The color run is dog friendly, too, so I’m sure there will be plenty of dogs to have fun with,” Yang said
NHS designed the color run to be enjoyable for the students in order to bring more people to the event.
“I like the colors and the t-shirt that helps us celebrate our special community,” junior NHS member Caelin Davis said.
NHS is excited for students to participate in the run in order to give back to the teachers that have supported them.
“The whole purpose of NHS is to give back to the community,” Yang said. “We wanted to give back to our teachers this year because they are the ones that directly impact the minds of the new generations, and we wanted to help relieve some financial burden of providing for their students.”