Sandtown Middle School set a $10,000 fundraising goal for National Every Kid Health Week, which culminated with the school’s inaugural PTSA 3K Color Fun Run. With the help of parents, community members and generous sponsors, including Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell, the goal was exceeded by more than $3,000.
Every Kid Health Week is an annual observance held April 22 – 26 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and to demonstrate the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning.
Chef Londyn Green, a seventh grader and Top Chef Jr. finalist conducted a knife skills presentation and prepared mango bruschetta for attendees during the Sandtown PTSA meeting. Ryan Dunn, founder of Basil Me, shared information on the health benefits of basil and provided samples of his popular basil lemonade.
The color run, which began with a blast of colored powder in cups held by runners, attracted more than 100 participants. Local leaders were also on hand to provide support, including Fulton County Schools (FCS) Board President Linda Bryant, Board Member Kimberly Dove, State Representative Roger Bruce, South Fulton Mayor William Edwards and Councilwoman Rowell.
The event emphasizes the importance of being active, and but also is a creative way to encourage greater involvement in school activities.
“The Sandtown PTSA is working to promote family engagement within the Sandtown community,” said PTSA President Tara Surratt. “We thought this would be a fun way to engage our community and raise money to support activities such as field day, teacher appreciation and more.”
Photo: Board Member Kimberly Dove, Mayor William Bill Edwards, Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell, State Representative Roger Bruce (Fulton County Schools)