Plymouth Elementary School students raised almost $21,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through a Color Run that was held on May 20.

Leading up to the event, students learned about the organization, which raises awareness for and supports those who are battling blood cancers. In school, students decorated paper lanterns to hang outside their classrooms to show their support for the cause. The lantern is representative of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign.

Families and staff were also invited to decorate white lanterns for blood cancer survivors they might know, or to decorate a yellow lantern in memory of someone who lost their fight against blood cancer. The lanterns were displayed outside during the Color Run.

Families were invited to donate online or through payments sent to the school, and they could also purchase raffle tickets. Students also had the opportunity to create their own fundraising pages to generate donations from those near and far.

The day of the event, students wore colorful t-shirts, sunglasses, and bandanas as they jogged or walked around a course set up outside school. Parents and guardians were invited to join in. 

Many incentives were offered to get students and families to donate. For example, top student fundraisers in each classroom are going to be able to slime Principal Kylene Phillips on Tuesday, May 31. The classroom that raised the most earned a sweet treat party. And because the whole school surpassed the fundraising goal of $10,000, they will get extra recess time as a reward.

The total raised was $20,911.57.