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Ritenour Community Enjoys Splash of Color on a Longtime Tradition

After a year hiatus, the Ritenour community ushered in its longtime tradition of the Black & Orange Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 28, 2021 with a splash of color.

Approximately 100 walkers and runners got doused with color during the district’s first Color Run, which offered a mile all-abilities route and a 5K route. Runners started at the Husky Support Center after a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and finished at Ritenour High School, where they could enjoy the Black & Orange Back-to-School Bash.

Black & Orange Day was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, so families were eager to bring the tradition back to open the 2021-2022 school year.

“It was the first time families and staff from all 10 schools were celebrating a sense of community with a fun run and a splash of color as well as enjoying the longtime tradition of Black & Orange Day,” said Rob Eaton, a Ritenour PTO president who organized both events. “Our parents have been itching to have a safe, outdoor event where children and families can enjoy some school spirit.”

The Color Run provided an opportunity to mix fitness and fun with friends, family and staff members from their schools.

“It was a great opportunity to focus on being part of the big Ritenour family,” said Eaton.

The Black & Orange Back-to-School Bash featured booths from each school’s PTO, and games and food from several Ritenour High School student organizations. In addition, athletic competitions and performances lifted Husky spirit throughout the day. 

Care STL Health, which runs the Husky Health Center, offered COVID-19 vaccines to families at RHS throughout the day. It was the fifth COVID-19 vaccine clinic hosted at Ritenour High School since March 2021.