Wilton Youth Council’s Youth to Youth club at Middlebrook is introducing a new fund-raising event called My School Color Run: Color for the Council, which will take place at the middle school on Thursday, May 5.

Instead of selling goods, this program will engage the entire student body in a fitness initiative that aims to bring the Middlebrook community together and instill a lifelong healthy way of living.

The inspiration for the event came from a comment made by a seventh grader during a game of kickball in physical education class, who said the infield dirt collecting on everyone’s clothes made it look like everyone had just participated in a color run.

Without any assignments, expectations or deadlines, this seventh grade physical education class came together to create the My School Color Run, “exemplifying the notion that character is what you do when no one else is watching,” according to the Wilton Youth Council's press release.

A few class representatives presented the idea at a Youth to Youth meeting and it was met with huge enthusiasm. The seventh grade students, along with Youth to Youth members, chose this fund-raiser as their spring community service project and the Color for the Council color run was born.

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Wilton Youth Council, a long‐standing organization dedicated to the positive development of the social and emotional health of Wilton’s youth. Middlebrook’s Youth to Youth club is one of the programs funded by the Wilton Youth Council, as well as PeerConnection, PeerVention, CODES, Class Projects and Parent Connection’s Parent Information Speaker Series.

Students who register for Color for the Council will receive a pledge form, which they will use to ask for donations from friends, family, and neighbors in the community.

Participants will walk or run a set course and get doused with spray color from Middlebrook staff at four different stations, and the event will culminate in a big color “poof” when everyone gets to use their individual color packets, made of cornstarch, baking soda and dye.

The run will be open to Middlebrook students, their families and staff and take place from 3:20 to 5 p.m.

Interested participants can register for the run by visiting Color4Council.eventbrite.com or by completing a paper registration form by April 22.

For more information or a copy of the paper registration form, visit the Youth to Youth page on Edline or contact Tanya Leonard at leonardt@wiltonps.org or Heather Schlitz at schlitzh@wiltonps.org.