Eagleton Middle makes Spring Fling a community affair

Some schools have carnivals just for their students.

Spring Fling planners at Eagleton Middle School made sure even the youngest members of community who attend other schools felt welcome at their April 16 event.

Planning committee member Rebecca Bitner said 300 to 400 folks of all ages turned out, but students from the schools that feed into Eagleton Middle were considered special guests. “The Easter egg hunts drew a lot of the younger students from Rockford and Eagleton elementary schools,” she said.

“We tried to make it a community event to serve our feeder schools as well,” she said. “We had three different Easter egg hunts arranged by age level. We wanted everyone to feel welcome.”

Bitner said the Spring Fling is collaboration between teachers, parents, volunteers and stake holders in the community. “We try to involve everybody,” she said.

While fundraising totals weren’t available, Bitner thanked the 23 sponsors who helped make the event possible. “We’re trying to raise money to buy Promethean boards for the classroom and laptops to go along with the Promethean boards,” she said.

Spring Fling had something for everyone. “We had live entertainment with different bands on stage, a cake auction, vendors who rented tables and sold everything from household items to funnel cakes and fried candy bars,” she said. “In one of the gyms we had activities like a bounce house and we had Wii interactive games, bean bag toss and all kinds of games children could do.”

There also plenty of folks taken into custody at The Spring Fling after event organizers set up a jail and wrote out arrest warrants. To get out, the individuals had to pay or do things like sing silly songs. “The kids really liked that,” Bitner said.

Other activities the children enjoyed included a climbing wall, a demonstration by a Blount County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team and the safety house from the Blount County Fire Department was on site for the children to tour.

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