The week of September 11th was the start of National Arts in Education week. On September 17th, at the end of the week, the Flagler Auditorium had their first annual 5K. The Masquerade 5K and Fun Walk was held at FPC as a fundraiser for the Arts in Education fund. The beginning of the race started at 8am and concluded by 10am. 70 people participated in the race, with another 25 people either volunteering or supporting the racers throughout the day. The FPC band, starlets, dance team, and cheerleaders were also there to help motivate the racers.
The 5K weaved in and out of Flagler Palm Coast High School and the near by Town Center. Another option was to join in the Fun Walk, which was part of the event where participants could walk one or two miles instead of running in the 5K.
Everyone who attended the race or volunteered were showing their support for the arts. Mrs. Kim Carney, the organizer of the race explained, “This race will help spread awareness of the Arts in Education Program.”
All the money that was earned during the race will be put into an Arts in Education fund to help students who are interested in art and are in need of financial services to continue on studying art. “It will help fund scholarships and camps that students want to get involved in,” according to Mrs. Carney. Whenever there is a need to use any of the funds, the Flagler Auditorium Board will decide how to use the money and which students will receive the scholarships.
The race helped not only spread awareness of the National Arts in Education Program, but also helped students get interested or move on into a career in arts.