The Bullard Education Foundation set a fundraising record this year at its fourth annual Strides for Excellence 5K.
Initial estimates show about 300 people participated in the event and more than $16,000 was raised, according to a news release. The money will go directly back to into Bullard ISD classrooms through grants.
“We have multiple goals of raising money for the Foundation’s mission while at the same time providing an event the community and families can come out and enjoy, I definitely think we accomplished the mission,” Darren Davis, the foundation’s president, said in the release.
The race was held on April 16 and was the first year for the race to have a color run theme. Runners took a route that guided them by every campus in Bullard ISD and included obstacles along the way as they were doused by various shades of color.
“The color run idea was new for us, but based on the turnout and the smiles, it’s obviously been a huge success,” Tisha White, vice-president of the foundation, said in the release.
Mrs. Goode’s eighth-grade English classes from Bullard Middle School conducted a community service project by participating in all aspects of planning, marketing, setting up and working the event.
“It was a wonderful project-based learning opportunity for the students while at the same time they were active participants in a real-world community fundraiser,” Mrs. Goode said in the release.