HHS Band fundraiser shows its true colors

Maggie Schroeder, Yearbook Head Editor

The HHS and HMS band program held a mile color run/walk fundraiser at Tower Park this Saturday October 19. Registration for the race opened at 9 AM and the race went off at 10. The race was $25 to run and included a race bib, a white Colorsplash t-shirt, and a color packet to throw at the beginning of the race.

Despite the coolness of the morning, just over 90 runners and walkers showed up to race.  Although this was fewer participants than last year, the race was still determined to be a success.

According to senior Caitlyn Scherpenberg, “The race has been a great experience for the last two years. It’s not only fun for the runners but also the volunteers.”

The race was a product of Get Active Fundraising. The company provided course markers, color blasters, and shirts and color packets for the runners. However, it was up to the band students and band director Lori Duncan to ensure the race was a success.

Junior Olivia Porter stated, “The color run’s volunteers are all students.  It’s a great opportunity to get the community together and raise money.”

The band was hosted the fundraiser to raise money for their programs including jazz band, winter percussion, marching band, concert band, and winter guard.  Due to the success of the fundraiser, the band was able to raise a large amount of money for their programs.

Sophomore Peter Laskey was excited with how the race turned out as well.

“I had a fun time spraying people with color,” he said, “I could tell everyone else was

having a great time, too.”

The course began at Tower Park’s shelter number 2 and went down towards the Highlands soccer field. After that, runners were directed around the military base before sprinting towards the finish while being blasted with waves of color.

Highlands marching band drum major, senior Mitchell Pieper was one of the volunteers who helped to make the race a success.

“It was fun to see the community coming out and supporting the band,” Pieper said.