Katy, Texas – The air was cool and crisp, and the morning was still dark at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday when students from James E. Taylor High School’s National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America met in the school’s parking lot. They were there to set up the track, that later that morning, would be filled with runners registered for the school’s second annual Color for a Cause 5K Fun Run.
Color stations were put in place, vendors would soon be there to set up their areas, registration tables were set up, and volunteers were given instructions and then sent to staff their posts all along the track. Walkers and runners donated money to participate in the fun event with proceeds going to The Arc of Katy, a non-profit organization that provides programs for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
When the race started at 8:00 a.m., a burst of colors flew into the air as several hundred runners and walkers took off to conquer the 5k distance. As they progressed through the 5k loop, they passed through several color stations where they were met by volunteers ready to douse them with bright colors of non-toxic corn starch which brightened up their white Color for a Cause t-shirts.
According to Carolyn Kares, Chairperson of the Program Committee for The Arc of Katy, “Fun was had by all, and The Arc of Katy was awarded a $10,000 check from funds raised through the event. The Arc of Katy thanks these high school students, their teachers, and the participants of the fun run for giving their time and financial contribution in this great cause.”
Kares said The Arc of Katy will use the funds to support its summer day camp for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For more information on The Arc of Katy, please go to www.thearcofkaty.org. For more information about Taylor High School’s National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America, please go to www.taylorhs.org and click on Students, then Clubs and Organizations.