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Spring has sprung, and with it comes two perennial favorites at Fife Schools – the annual district-wide art show and a fun run/walk at Columbia Junior High. Both take place on Thursday, May 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Now in its 12th year, the district-wide art show features students’ works of art ranging from paintings, sculptures and ceramics to wood shop and metal shop creations, graphic arts, printmaking and fused glass – and no doubt a few surprises mixed in. The art show is held in the commons area at the junior high, after moving from the library last year due to the exhibit’s ever-growing size, and this year is no exception with student art from Endeavour Intermediate and Hedden Elementary schools being added for the first time ever. More than 500 people are expected to turn out for this family-friendly evening that offers a look at student work across many different grades all in one setting.

“It’s getting larger – it’s really big,” said Columbia art teacher Melissa Brownell. “It’s a huge crowd that fills the commons area and they fill it for the whole time.”

This year honoring the great Georgia O’Keeffe, the art show will welcome new banners in O’Keeffe style hanging in the commons area, one banner representing each school, and a special O’Keeffe-inspired school community art project for the district office will be presented.

Also taking place that evening will be the 6th annual Columbia FBLA 5K fun run/walk for the FBLA students’ Make-A-Wish child. Columbia Junior High’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team has once again this year pledged to raise at least $2,500 to go toward the wish of a Make-A-Wish child, and the community can help by participating in the “Miles for Make-A-Wish Fun Run,” as all proceeds will go this effort.

Last year the FBLA students chose a young boy named Brody with brain cancer whose wish was to have a custom built playhouse, which he received thanks to the Columbia FBLA students. It didn’t go unnoticed either. Last month at FBLA state competitions, Columbia’s FBLA won first place in Most Creative Charitable Giving Campaign and first place for Largest Charitable Contribution in Washington State.

Those who may wish to donate to make a child’s wish come true this year can do so at and receive an instant receipt for tax purposes.

Even the Fife Schools staff gets into the game at the fun run, which typically attracts up to 100 runners each year. As Columbia Junior High FBLA Advisor Keith Hannah explained, “We hold a little contest among the buildings to see which one gets the most staff participation and a traveling plaque that goes on display for the year at the building that got the most registered participants.”

Columbia’s FBLA students are busy now visiting local businesses seeking sponsorships for the fun run. Gold level sponsors get their company name/logo prominently placed on the back of the official race T-shirt, with silver and bronze sponsor business names/logos in a smaller font. Any local business that would like to be a sponsor can e-mail Hannah at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The fun run/walk will begin and end at Columbia Junior High and is approximately 3.1 miles. The course is fully paved and wheelchair accessible. Registrations are being taken now, and will also be taken on race day – check-in time is 5-5:30- p.m. Registrations done in advance are much appreciated, as it helps in planning. Forms are available at Columbia Junior High or download the fun run registration form at

For more information, e-mail Brownell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Hannah at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).