Horizon Spring Fling

Kids ride the zip line during the Horizon Community Learning Center's Spring Fling on Friday, April 5, 2013.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

Horizon Community Learning Center will be hosting its annual Spring Fling tonight, offering a fun-filled evening for its school families and the entire Ahwatukee community.

During the festival, there will be multiple “carnival-themed” attractions ranging from a zip line, bounce houses to a dunk tank.

School officials are estimating about 1,500 to 2,000 people will attend, and that the event should gross $30,000.

Concession stands will be scattered throughout the Spring Fling, which will be managed by different school clubs.

Proceeds generated by the different booths will go directly toward those clubs, athletics and committees for any additional amenities they will need throughout the remainder and upcoming school year.

Nearly 20 different clubs will be fundraising during Horizon’s Spring Fling.

Lauren Arenas, senior secretary for the National Honors Society (NHS), who will be working both the NHS and student council booth, said she always enjoyed attending the event as a young girl.

“I used to really like it when I was little and it was a big deal. I used to have a lot of fun because the older kids would help, and I kind of want to make it fun for little kids,” Arenas said.

Mona Volden, director of parent partnership programs, said Spring Fling is the school’s biggest event, encompassing families in every grade level.

“This is an event for our students and our families. It’s a community event where our secondary students, clubs and athletes fundraise,” Volden said.

Spring Fling also gives students, who are in need of community-service hours, a chance to volunteer during the event to meet their community-service requirements.

“We have about $8,500 in bouncy rides, carnival rides and carnival games. A lot of our secondary students do community service hours to help, and parents and families come out to have a great time,” Volden said. “Because we are a K-12 school, we’ve seen over the years where even our secondary kids stay and have a great time hanging out with their friends, working their booths and it’s a really great time.”

Horizon’s Spring Fling will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight, April 4, at the school, 16233 S. 48th St.

Wristed bands will be sold at the door: $20 for an all-ride wristband and $15 for a no-ride wristband.

For additional information about Horizon’s Spring Fling, visit www.horizonclc.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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