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Old-fashioned fun at Spring Fling

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By Kirsten Laskey

Forgetting about electronic toys and video games, the parent teacher organization at Aspen Elementary School is turning to simpler, more old-fashioned methods to generate family fun.This return to the olden days will occur during the Spring Fling, which will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the school. Admission costs $3 for children older than age 3. Adults will be admitted for free.While the majority of the games, including milk -can tosses, duck pond activities and sack races, feature old-fashioned fun, there will be a little bit of contemporary fun, in the form of a jumper apparatus and face painting. Food and beverages will be sold and for the adults, there will be silent auction, which will feature different themed baskets such as a movie basket or a cooking basket.This is the third year the Spring Fling has been held at the school, Warapha Prime, PTO president, said. “It’s just a fun family event for kids,” she said.Children will have complete freedom over their entertainment; they can play whatever game or activity as many times as they like, Prime said.In addition to having fun, children, along with their parents, can also check out the books sold at the Scholastic Book Fair.“You can accompany them and pick out books together,” Prime said. “It’s just nice; you can encourage your child to read and have fun.”The book fair will run through May 1 at the school.Along with gift baskets and books, families can also take home door prizes from different businesses including Baskin Robbins.Other businesses that have contributed to the event include Los Alamos National Bank, Brownell’s Hallmark, the Coffee Booth, CB Fox, Ruby K’s, Village Arts, Bandelier Grill and Upex.“It’s just a fun afternoon for the family to go out to,” Prime said.In addition to offering families some fun, the PTO is also working to raise money for the school. Prime said the PTO has been working to raise money for awhile for the aging school.An improvement they would like to make, she said, is in the playground. Additional picnic tables would be nice, she said, and students have petitioned to have a climbing wall installed.“We want to see something big,” Prime said, “something tangible for the students.”What exactly that purchase will be, is still being determined. The PTO, Prime explained, is not too sure of what it can afford.In the past, the Spring Fling has been a great money raiser for the school. Prime said more than $600 has been raised through the silent auction alone. Also, the PTO raised enough money to purchase new furniture for the library.It is money well spent, Prime explained, because supporting the schools means the community can benefit. “It’s vital to the community,” she said. “It makes us want to improve the quality of life.”Having good schools and good businesses encourages people to stay in Los Alamos. “I love this community,” Prime said. “I plan on being here and I want to see it thrive.”She explained Los Alamos offers many community events.“(And) I like to think that the Spring Fling is one of those things that contributes to the community.”