Penns Valley

On Centre | Penns Valley: Color-A-Thon to benefit outdoor classroom project

The Penns Valley community will participate in a 3K run/walk Saturday to benefit local education initiatives.

The Color-A-Thon at Penns Valley Elementary/Intermediate School will help raise money for an outdoor classroom at the facility that would act as a hub for every school in the district, said Denny McCloskey, PVEI Parent Teacher Organization president

“There was a lack of something like that in the district, and could be a great space for other kinds of education,” McCloskey said.

PTO members presented the idea to Principal Kurt Nyquist who then passed along the information to Superintendent Brian Griffith and the school board.

“We envision this as being a multiuse space for weather, agriculture and science with possible sustainable energy from wind, water or solar (power), with a compost pile and an earthworm farm,” McCloskey said. “The nice thing is that all students from the district could use it.”

About $5,000 has already been raised. And depending on details of the plan, it could cost $10,000 to $20,000, McCloskey said.

“I don’t think it will be something that will happen overnight, but can be a multiphase project,” McCloskey said.

The plan is to create the outdoor classroom in the 77-by-88-foot courtyard at the elementary school.

By this summer, picnic tables will be purchased and installed in a part of the area.

McCloskey said the original plan was to upgrade the playground, but equipment was too costly.

So far, about 200 people are registered for the run/walk McCloskey said.

The run is similar to The Color Run, but is organized by School-A-Thon — a business that works with schools around the country to create unique events.

The run/walk will start and end behind Penns Valley Elementary School.