Coloring the community with love

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Bright shades of colors blanket all the participants as the Color Run ends with one final shower of color.
Staff from the Southern Ute Museum prepare bottles of color to shower parents and students as they pass by for the Color Run. SUM was one of many Tribal departments that were represented at the Color Run.
Tribal Council members Lorelei Cloud, Melvin Baker and Adam Red throw color on participants as they finish their walk.
Ignacio Elementary Teacher, Cindy Valdez leads all the runners in a dance on the Ignacio Middle School track before they run through the first color station.
Curtis White Thunder runs through the first color station, getting doused in pink color by Southern Ute Tribal Council members.
Jaelyn Alston smiles proudly while running during the annual Color Run.
Jerrika Rarick sends powdered color towards the camera during the annual color run.
Jerrika Rarick sends powdered color towards the camera during the annual color run.
Fabian Martinez tries to make his way out of the crowd as the powdered color settles from the finale of the Color Run.
Ava Sage-Morgan twirls her way through a pink color station that was set up for the annual Color Run.
The final event of the Color Run was a climatic splash of color — where participants were encouraged to get their favorite colors and throw them in the air at the same time. For many youngsters, this was the highlight of the event.
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez/SUDrum
Fabian Martinez/SUDrum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins/SUDrum
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The Fourth Annual Fun Color Run returned to Ignacio Middle School on Wednesday, April 24. The run brought students and community members together as multiple color stations were set up in the bordering streets of the one-mile circuit. Each year the color run is held in April to bring awareness and support for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Southern Ute April Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

 

A word from Tribal Services

Parent/Role Model awards from each school: $50 gift certificate to Seven Rivers Steakhouse & Framed Award Certificate were given to deserving individuals:

  • SUIMA – Amelia Howe
  • Ignacio Elementary – Katey Guffey
  • Middle School – Regina Thompson
  • High School – Naoma Quintana

Big thank you to the following, without whom this event would not be possible.

  • Southern Ute Tribal Council and Executive Office
  • Southern Ute Division of Social Services
  • The Southern Ute Drum and PR Dept.
  • Ignacio School District
  • Southern Ute Police Department
  • SunUte Community Center
  • Los Pinos Fire Department
  • Shining Mountain Health and Wellness Program
  • Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council
  • Ignacio Library
  • Southern Ute Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy
  • Southern Colorado Community Action Agency, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • MC’s Maria Rivera and Daniel Rhode
  • Southern Ute Food Distribution Program for the shirts!
  • DJ Oscar! It would be a fun event with his awesome music and personality!
  • And all the volunteers and color stations that helped make this event possible. Thank you for your time and commitment to stopping child abuse.

Being the best parent you can be involves taking steps to strengthen your family and finding support when you need it. Parenting isn’t something you have to do alone. When you have the knowledge, skills, and resources you need, you can raise a happy, healthy child. Find out more about activities and programs in your community that support parents and promote healthy families. Find out more about how you can play a part and help create positive change in your community. Contact the Southern Ute Division of Social Services today at 970-563-2339 for more information. Please call the toll free hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to report abuse or neglect and visit www.co4kids.org for more information.

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