BARNEGAT, NJ – Last week, students at the Dunfee Elementary School could barely contain their enthusiasm. Even School Principal John Fiorentino had a dance in his step as he moved classes to their seats on the floor. Children rocked to music and giggled at presentations regarding an upcoming fundraising event.  The school hallways may be silent for the next few weeks. However, that’s not stopping the Dunfee PTA from moving ahead with something to look forward to next month.

If all is clear and school is in session by then, there are some fun times scheduled for April 25, 2020. Dunfee will be hosting a Color Run and Family Fun Festival. In light of the upcoming changes in the district next year, the Dunfee PTA has solicited participation from the other Barnegat elementary school PTAs.

“We’re hopeful that we won’t need to postpone the event because school is still closed,” shared Colleen Angus, who acts as the event’s chairperson. “In no way will it be canceled.”

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Registration for the Color Run begins at 8:30 am, with a 5K beginning at 10 am. There’s also a 1-mile Fun Run that starts at 10:15 am.  By noon, it’s onto some more fun at the Brackman Bus Lot.

Food trucks and craft vendors will be ready to do business. Meanwhile, there’s also a DJ and Dance Party. Meanwhile, children can take advantage of the fun at the Brackman Soccer Field, where face painting, bounce houses, and relay races await them.

Those who want to set up vendor tables or sponsor the event have until April 1, 2019 to do so. Online registration is highly encouraged and both participants to the 5K and others interested in working at the event should do so here.  

Dunfee School students were sent home envelopes after the fundraiser presentation on March 9, 2019.  They should be dropped off at the school in the drop off box in the lobby to promote social distancing between 10 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday.  Envelope turn in date is extended to April 1.

Students entered into a contest to create designs for the t-shirts that will be worn during the upcoming festivities. Fourth-grader Noah Saropolous won first place and will see his artwork prominently displayed on shirts throughout the day. Danny’s Bayshore Bagels also awarded Noah a gift certificate.

The second-place design contest winner was Isabella Burgess. Isabella is in third grade and received a gift certificate from Luigi’s Pizzeria.

“As an executive board, we are so proud of our community as we watch the kindness and patience pour from all over,” shared Angus. “We know in our hearts that our children will come out of this situation strong and surrounded by the love and support of our school system.”

“Please join us in the continued support of our children, organization, and community, as we combat today’s challenges, “ Angus continued. “In due time, this will be an experience to look back on and remember that are #BarnegatStrong.”