Student Show Their Colours by Bruce Bell, Intelligencer, May 26 2017
BELLEVILLE – It was a colourful Friday at Bayside Secondary School.
Students and staff celebrated TogetherFest at the school by staging their first ever colour run to raise funds for All-Together Housing, a local organization which helps provide affordable housing to people struggling in the community.
Teacher Allison Culkin said close to 200 students participated in the five-kilometre run through the school property.
Stations were set up throughout the course with teachers and community members tossing coloured powder on the runners to symbolize inclusiveness.
“Every year we do something to support a cause, whether it be Relay for Life or 24 Hours for Hunger, and this year the students thought they would like to do something different to highlight another cause,” Culkin said. “They came up with this and decided the money they raised would be going towards the development of LGBTQ-focused transitional housing.”
As runners passed by each station, blue, pink and yellow powder was filling the air, but perhaps the most dominant colour was green – green for cash. The students had to raise a minimum of $100 each or $1,000 per team of 10 and when the horn sounded to start the run they had raised in excess of $12,000 for the All-Together Housing initiative.
Principal Ian Press was full of praise for the event organizing chairpeople Josh Terpstra, Isabella Marchiori and Jacqui Lichty, along with their team.
“I’m so proud of the students because they truly organized at least 90 per cent of this and that is no small feat,” he said. “It’s a typical effort by our students and it’s been a tradition at Bayside to have senior students step up and do something special each year. They did something really special this year and I have to say this is student leadership at its very best.”
Grade 10 student Kirstin Derrett helped out on the organizing committee and saw first hand what is expected of students as they approach their graduating year.
“At Bayside we like to help out people in our community and I think it’s great to be able to support a housing project for the LGBTQ community,” she said.ce Bell, Intelligencer, May 26 2017