Upward Bound Students Volunteer At HOPE's Color Run

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Helping with H.O.P.E.’s second annual Color Run on April 25 are: from left, Katey Harris, Alyssa Leonard and Maranda Ruggles, all from Lyndon Institute; Isabel Wildflower and Becky Doucet, both from Lake Region Union High School.

More than 300 people of all ages took part in H.O.P.E.'s (Helping Other People Everyday) second annual Color Run on April 25. Starting and ending in Lyndonville's Bandstand Park, the event brought together an enthusiastic and colorful crowd.

Led by Lyndon State College students, the Hope Color Run benefited the varied community projects of HOPE. Enough funds were raised at this event to support three months of the backpack meals program. LSC Upward Bound students volunteered to help decorate at the event, took part in the run itself, and threw paint in the children's race afterwards.

H.O.P.E. is a private, nonprofit agency helping families and individuals with life's basic needs. It is not affiliated with any religious organization or agency. It operates a thrift store in Lyndonville to help fund its mission. Donations are accepted at its shop on Depot Street in Lyndonville and can include: household goods, clothing, jewelry, bedding, pocketbooks and accessories, toys for children and food for the emergency food pantry.

Upward Bound at Lyndon State College is a college preparatory program funded through the United States Department of Education. The program is committed to providing modest income, first generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school. The Upward Bound program works with 75 students in nine area high schools who are dedicated to achieving their postsecondary dreams. Upward Bound students spend six weeks of their summer on the campus of Lyndon State College, and take part in college preparatory and community service events throughout school year. For more information, contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound Office at (802) 626-5000.

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