Fundraiser Celebrates Education with Family Entertainment

COLUMBUS, Ga. - CSU’s College of Education is preparing to stage a family entertainment event to raise funds to support its academic programs that impact education throughout the region.

The inaugural “Spring Fling” will take place from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at CSU’s Mock Pavilion and intramural field at the corner of University Avenue and Clearview Circle.

Community members, particularly families, are invited to join local educators, including CSU faculty and students, for face painting, a cupcake walk, big slides, dunking booths, an Alltel football throw, a basketball shootout, golf chipping, speed croquet and karaoke.

Activities also will include “dunk a principal in the dunking booth,” an adapted version of the game “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” air rockets and solar telescope viewing, “make-and-take art tables” and a silent auction for family fun packs, green fees and dinners.

Hand stamps for unlimited participation are $10 per person or $50 for a family pack (families of five or more). Non-participating attendees are welcomed and will not be charged, and food and drinks will be sold.

“The Spring Fling is a celebration of the outstanding commitment made by teachers, parents, community members and the university toward educating our children in the region,” said David Rock, dean of the College of Education. “We hope the entire community will share in this evening of excitement and family entertainment.”

Money raised will support the college’s annual fund, which assists academic programs, instructional support, faculty and staff development, outreach efforts, special projects and equipment. “Gifts to the annual fund also help solve financial issues and provide dynamic opportunities that impact students, faculty and staff, along with k-12 teachers and children in the region,” said Lisa Shaw, director of Services and Field Experiences for the College of Education.

A committee of students and faculty representing all programs in the College of Education have planned the event, with a goal “to bridge the gap between alumni and currently enrolled students, and reward the 300-400 teachers who work to assist our teacher candidates and student teachers reach their potential” said Shaw.

For more information contact Shaw at 706-568-2191 or shaw_lisa@ColumbusState.edu.