BRAWLEY – Over 5,000 participants attended Brawley Elementary School District’s (BESD) annual Spring Fling health fair Friday at Barbara Worth Junior High school where families and students were encouraged to strive for healthy lifestyles and wellness.
The Spring Fling was founded four years ago by a wellness council in an effort to create a fun event that would help families become more aware of health and lifestyle. While it began small, in four short years, it has mushroomed into a huge event for the school district.
“We thought, why don’t we do something for the families?” said BESD Superintendent Ronald Garcia about the event. “We’re just real pleased with how much it has grown.”
Fun activities for the kids included Dino Jump inflatable tunnel runs and giant hamster ball races. Entertainment included performances by the Barbara Worth and Brawley Union High School cheerleading squads, Zumba dancing, and Polynesian dancers.
Important to the event were the booths that educated families on various programs available that can help them choose healthy lifestyles both in and out of school. Booths were set up for 20 different sponsors around the junior high physical ed field. All of the sponsors came from within the Brawley community such as Pop Warner Football, Pioneers Memorial Hospital, the Brawley Police and Junior Rangers, and the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.
A scavenger hunt had everyone eager to run to each booth to get a punch hole that would allow them to enter a ticket in a raffle at the end of the event. Booths had games and prizes for attendees as well as plenty of health and wellness information for parents.
Parents were educated on general wellness with tips on asthma control, information on school programs such as After School Education and Safety Program, and the Attendance Initiative, sports involvement, and more.
A completed ticket would be given to each student’s school in exchange for a ticket in the raffle announced at the end of the Spring Fling with all prizes donated by the event sponsors.
“We reach out to a lot of the community to get people to help,” said Claudia Ortiz from BESD Student Services.
More than that, it also creates a fun atmosphere for the community both parents and students alike.
“I thought that it was good for them to come out,” said Domonique Moreno, one of many parents who was out enjoying the evening with her children. “They can come out and play.”
“I wanted to hang out with my friends and chill,” said Rangel, an eighth grade student from Barbara Worth Junior High.
Paula Barajas from Miguel Hidalgo school did dancing and plenty of other activities at the event. “It’s good and it’s nice,” said Barajas, “You get information and you could see your old friends here.”