Hargrove Elementary extended an invitation to the community Saturday for its 4th annual Spring Fling, which featured many activities for children of all ages and helped raise money for school needs. The community did not disappoint, turning out in large numbers to support the cause.
“It seems to get better and better each and every year that we have our spring fling,” said Rebecca Giddens, Fundraising Committee Chairman from Hargrove Elementary. “This year, I’m not a 100 percent positive, but I’m pretty sure that we have a better turnout than last year. The community is great in helping us out with this, and they always have been.”
Each year the school takes a look at the needs for that year. This year, a need was present for new classroom furniture, so that’s where the majority of the money raised at the event is expected to be spent.
“We really try to assess what the needs of the school are,” said Hargrove Principal Shajuana Sellers. “Without this fundraiser each year and the involvement and participation that we get from the community here in the Hargrove district, and throughout all of the school districts in Sampson County, it would be tough for us to really have all of the things that we feel like we need to keep things functioning at the level they need to be.”
Each Hargrove student was given two free tickets, and the rest could be purchased when they arrived at the spring fling, held in the side-yard of the school. There was also a pair of tickets sent to each student at Hobbton Elementary, which the staff felt would promote the event and encourage the kids and their families to come out on Saturday.
It was seemingly a win-win for all involved in the spring fling, as children enjoyed beautiful weather and a day of fun, and the staff and administration of Hargrove Elementary School raised money to help better their facilities.
Sellers went on to mention how appreciative she was of all of the help that was given from local businesses that helped make the spring fling a possibility, and eventually a success, as well as the positive impact that the spring fling has on the school as a whole.
“The great thing about this is it is an informal way for us to get out here and interact with each other, and it strengthens relationships in some ways,” Hargrove’s principal said. “We had many local businesses donate waters, gift cards and cash prizes, and we are very thankful for that.”
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