Event meant to foster friendships, aid PTO
Now that spring has sprung, Greensview Elementary School in Upper Arlington is planning its first adults-only Spring Fling.
Parent Gregg Hargett said the PTO organizers of the event hope to make it an "annual evening of fellowship, fun and fundraising that will benefit various improvement projects at the school."
The Spring Fling will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. April 19 at the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.
Kristen Brewer, PTO co-president, said she hopes it will give Greensview parents and community members an opportunity to get to know each better.
"The PTO presidents from all of the elementary schools in the district meet periodically and we learned that Greensview was one of only a couple of schools that did not have an adult-only event," she said. "Parents become acquaintances at various events through their kids, but we feel that parent relationships are vital to a strong school community."
Hargett said Spring Fling at Greensview will be catered by UA Food Service Catering, a service offered through Upper Arlington Schools Food Services, which helps the district meet some of its food service expenses.
The PTO partnered with Upper Arlington High School's Girl Scout Troop 1901 to provide child care at Greensview Elementary, in the multi-purpose room. Proceeds from the child care will help the troop fund an overseas trip members are planning for next summer, Hargett said.
The charge is $5 an hour for the first child and $3 an hour per child for additional children.
Lisa Olvey, PTO co-president, said the evening is designed so that parents and community members can stop by for a bite to eat and visit for a few minutes or a few hours.
"We wanted to offer an event that kept costs low while keeping parents together for a relaxing evening to catch up with friends and meet new people," she said.
Attendees may bid on a variety of silent auction items, including 15 original art pieces created by Greensview students; classroom experiences that range from a visit from the "The Reptile Man" from PT Reptiles to a spaghetti and meatball party donated by Piada, while the school librarian reads Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Hargett said more than 50 local businesses and individuals donated items worth a combined value of more than $4,000. These include a six-month family membership at Premiere at Sawmill Athletic Club, valued at $750; Donatos pizza for an entire year; four premium front-row seats for a Clippers game and dozens of other individual items or family experience packages.
"Everything from bowling to roller skating, lunches to dinners and skiing to gymnastics will be up for bid," Brewer said. "We hope that Greensview parents and others from the community will come have a great time and help us raise some money for our school."
Admission is $50 per person, with tickets available at the door or online at Greensview Gear.com.
"The proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Playground Improvement Fund, which has been established for long-term improvement to the playground at Greensview," Hargett said.