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Color Me With Knowledge 5K Race

Thursday, July 13, 2017

By: Kemi Ogunji, Multimedia Associate

The Family Resource Center in Camden, SC put a new twist on community outreach as part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this May. The organization hosted a 5K Color Run as an engaging way to raise awareness about teen pregnancy among community members in Kershaw and Lee Counties. The event was supported in part by a community sponsorship from the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign).

Over 100 people attended the event including elementary, middle and high school students as well as adults. Before the race began, Donetta Bracey, Teen Health Program Director, asked participants questions related to teen pregnancy statistics, giving prizes for correct responses. The quiz session introduced attendees to the often-undiscussed topic of teen pregnancy. Signs with teen pregnancy statistics were displayed around the track for participants to read as they ran by, further educating them about the issue.

After the race, participants filled up on grilled hot dogs and chips, and several youth discussed the new information they had learned. The top three winners in different age groups received prize bags donated by the SC Campaign. Before participants left, Teen Advisory Board member Clay Jowers read over the teen pregnancy statistics posted along the course and Donetta thanked everyone for attending.

Serveral participants asked about upcoming events and youth expressed interest in joining the Teen Advisory Board. Participants said, “today was informative and fun,” and “if this is an annual event, we are definitely coming next year and bringing friends.” The Family Resource Center plans to host another race in 2018. 

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