RACINE — Blue, purple, green, yellow and a few other colors were flying through the air on Saturday morning during the color run to benefit the Southern Playground Project.
Nearly 100 participants ran, jogged or walked the 5K race, passing through multiple color stations, each adding its own color for the participants. This is believed to have been the first color run in the county.
Funds raised through the run go toward a new playground for second and third grade students at Southern Elementary.
The playground project began last year with the decision to create a new playground which can not only be used by second and third grade students, but by sports teams, community members and others.
What will make this equipment unique in comparison to the other playground equipment is that it is geared toward fitness, climbing and agility.
Event organizer and physical education teacher Heather Dailey-Johnson said that there is a fundraising goal of $25,000, and that the project is almost halfway to that goal. They will also be applying for grant funding for the project.
The goal is to have all funds collected and complete a one-day community install on August 19, in advance of the 2017-18 school year. As the grant for the project is a community grant, it will require members of the community to assist with the assembly of the new playground.
Donations are also being accepted toward the playground project.